DAGUPAN, Pangasinan – National Capital Region (NCR) once again ruled the swimming competition of the Palarong Pambansa.
Led by Axel Toni Ngui’s seven-gold haul, the swimmers from the big city collected 41 out of the possible 60 gold medals that pretty much guaranteed that the NCR will retain its overall championship in this annual regional school-based sportsfest.
The six-foot Ngui topped the 200-meter freestyle with the time of 2:00.06 for his sixth gold and led the 400-meter freestyle relay secondary boys team to the top in the final day of the pool competition here at the Dagupan Poolsite.
His seven gold medals were the most by any athlete here in the 2012 Palarong Pambansa. The 17-year old Ngui is the strongest bet to win the Most Outstanding Athlete of this sportsfest that ends Saturday.
Other NCR gold medalists Friday were Regina Castrillo (50-m freestyle elementary girls), Catherin Bondad (200-m freestyle secondary girls), Joshua Teleon (100-m breaststroke elementary boys), Raissa Gavino (100-m breaststroke elementary girls), Alberto Batungbacal (100-m breaststroke secondary boys), Kristina Bartolome (100-m breaststroke secondary girls);
The 400-m freestyle relay team elementary boys, 400-m freestyle relay secondary boys and the 400-meter freestyle relay secondary girls.
It was the sixth gold for Bondad, a two-time Palarong Pambansa Most Outstanding Athlete, also No. 6 for Gavino and fifth for Castrillo. The 13-year old Bondan won seven golds last year in Dapitan City while representing Calabarzon.
NCR won 12 in Day One, nine in Day Two, and 10 each in the last two days of the competition.
Calabarzon came second with 11 golds while Ilocos Region and Central Luzon each had three gold medals.