Davao trackster bags first gold in Palaro 2016

Danielle Nakpil
Davao trackster bags first gold in Palaro 2016
16-year-old Mia Meagey Niñura wins her first gold at her 6th stint in the Palarong Pambansa. She triumphs in the 3,000-meter event.

LEGAZPI City, Philippines (UPDATED) – Mia Meagey Niñura of Davao Region won the first gold medal in the secondary girls 3,000-meter event in the athletics category of the 2016 Palarong Pambansa here.

The 16-year-old trackster dominated the competition and not only defeated her long-time rival in NMRAA’s 3-time gold medalist Jian Calis, but also broke Calis’ previous record.

Niñura clocked in at 10:03.4, comfortably besting last year’s record of 10:10.6. Calis of Northern Mindanao finished second with a time of 10:07.8, also beating her own record. Camila Tubiano, also competing for Northern Mindanao, came in third at 10:45.0.


Niñura emotionally told the press that her parents serve as her inspiration in running. 

Kahit nag-iisa po ako, naghihirap pa rin po ang pamilya ko,” the only child of a farmer and a housewife said.  (My family is still having financial difficulties even though I’m the only child.)

EMOTIONAL. Niñura, 16, can't help but break down in tears after her sweet victory. Photo by Danielle Nakpil/Rappler

Representing Davao Region, Niñura is on her 6th stint in the Palarong Pambansa. But this is her first gold. She bagged 2 silvers both in the 2014 Palaro in Laguna and in the 2015 edition in Tagum City.  

She will also be competing in the 800- and 1,500-meter events.

Niñura goes to Kapatagan National High School in Digos City. – Rappler.com

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