Runner from Bicol Region wins first Palaro gold medal
TAGUM CITY, Philippines – April Boy Adricula from Bicol Region gets his first gold medal after outrunning Calabarzon's Daryl Fabricante in the 2015 Palarong Pambansa boys elementary 110-meter hurdles.
Adricula and Fabricante were even through the first 7 hurdles before the 13-year-old Bicolano pulled away to victory with a tally of 17.52 seconds – an improvement from his 4th place finish during the 2014 Palaro in Laguna.
Fabricante settled for second place as he ended with a tally of 17.60 seconds.
"Masaya ako na nanalo ako. Makakatulong sa mga magulang ko ang perang makukuha ko dahil sa panalong ito," said Adricula, a fisherman's son from Libmanan, Camarines Sur.
(I'm happy I won. I can help my parents with the money I will get for winning.)
"Nagpursige po talaga ako manalo at sa tulong ng mga tao sa paligid ko, mag-uuwi ako ng isang gold sa probinsya namin."
(I really persevered to win, and with the help of the people around me, I will bring home a gold to my province.)
The grade 5 student from Sogod Elementary School failed to net a medal in his first two events, the Triple Jump and 4x100 meter Relay.
Despite the first two defeats, Adricula never thought of withdrawing and went on to conquer one of his dreams: to be a Palaro champ.
"Inspirasyon ko yung pamilya ko at sa tulong ng Diyos, nakuha ko ang tagumpay na ito," he added.
(My family serves as my inspiration, and with the help of God, I achieved this victory.)
The Bicolano runner will be competing in the 4x400 meter Relay in hopes of winning another gold medal for his region.
Rico Jay Lacson, another runner from the Bicol Region, also edged National Capital Region's Kharl Berjuela to win the bronze in the same event within 17.90 seconds.
The ongoing Palarong Pambansa is the largest grassroots sporting event in the Philippines that aims to develop the potentials of the youth to become responsible and globally-competitive citizens. – Rappler.com
Jumar dela Cruz is a staff writer of the Department of Education's Davao del Norte division.