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UC, Unit 5 rule Cebu City Olympics 2017

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Student athletes from the University of Cebu (UC) and Unit 5 will get to represent Cebu City in the Central Visayas Regional Athletics Association (CVIRAA) Meet slated for February next year in Bohol after ruling their respective divisions in the 27th Cebu City Olympics.

UC amassed a total of 59 gold medals, 45 silvers and 29 bronze medals to become the overall champion in the secondary division, while Unit 5 reigned supreme in the elementary division with a total medal tally of 44-42-27.

UC will be celebrating a double victory of sorts as their athletes in the elementary also forms part of Unit 5. Other athletes from Unit 5 come from the University of San Carlos (USC), City Central School and schools in the Zapatera district. 

In the Cebu City Olympics, CESAFI member schools are a standalone delegation in the secondary division, meaning they are not lumped with the school units. While in the elementary division, all schools are lumped in school units because there is no elementary division in the CESAFI. 

The bulk of UC’s golds came from swimming with a total of 16, followed by athletics with 11, taekwondo with 9 and archery and arnis with 8 apiece. Their other medals came from table tennis with 4, two from chess and one from badminton.

Leading the gold medal haul for UC were the Indaya siblings, with Karen Mae accounting for 4 and Jobert with two. Also chipping in two golds was Justine Reign Garrido.

The other gold medals came from Giovanni Seth Gealon, Kristina Angelika Torres, Bencynt Ghail Luage, Micah Marie Dela Serna and the UC relay teams in girls 200m medley, girls 400m medley, boys 200m freestyle, girls 200m freestyle and girls 400m freestyle.

Unit 5, on the other hand, relied mostly on swimming, led by UC and USC tankers who accounted for a total of 21 gold medals.

Other events that chipped in multiple gold medals were athletics with 14 and 4 from taekwondo.

Rounding up the top 3 in the secondary division were second placer USC with a medal tally of 32-32-35 and the University of the Visayas (UV) with its 20-13-9.

In the elementary division, second overall went to Unit VII with a medal count of 27-22-11 while Unit III finished as third overall with a tally of 14-6-6.

Record Breakers

A total of 5 records were also broken in swimming. 

UC tankers also led in posting new records via the secondary girls 200m freestyle relay, clocking in at 2:06.00, and secondary girls 400m freestyle relay with a time of 4:49.97. The old records stand at 2:08.15 and 4:59.50, respectively.

National junior triathlete Andrew Kim Remolino set a new record in the secondary boys 800m freestyle with his time of 10:23.43. The old record was at 10:29.65.

The two remaining new records were posted by Juliet Allysa Sedeño in elementary girls 50m backstroke breaking the old record of 35.87 with her 35.41 time; and Unit 5 in the elementary girls 200m freestyle relay with their time of 2:25.56. The old record stands at 2:29.90. – Rappler.com