Zamboanga City – Christine Gomobos of the Philippine Army gave her all in the stretch to win the women’s 100-m dash and secured her third gold yesterday in the penultimate day of the athletics competition in the 2023 ROTC Games Mindanao Leg at the Joaquin F. Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex here.
The 20-year-old Gomobos of Jose Rizal Memorial State University in Dipolog City finished in 13.6 seconds to become the fastest woman in the week-long competition.
Gomobos earlier won the women’s 200-m run in 28.2 seconds and anchored the Army’s women’s team that ruled 4×100-m relay along with Shara Jamilosa, Mary Sumilhig and Rahima Jamil on Monday.
“At least my three months of practice for this event paid off. We were also supposed to participate in Davao City Kadayawan Sports Festival. That’s why I am very much for this event. I hope I can again win in the ROTC national finals tentatively set in October in Manila,” said Gomobos.
She could be athletics’ most bemedalled athlete if her team bring home the gold in the 4×400-m relay which was still being competed at presstime yesterday.
“I hope I can again win in the ROTC national finals in Manila. After this event I will continue my preparations. I will not stop practicing,” added Gomobos.
Rico Miller Noro grabbed the limelight by winning the men’s 100-m dash in 11.8 seconds that relegated yesterday’s 200-m run winner Jerome Marc Dave Basin to only second place in 11.9 seconds. The 21-year-old Miller of Davao Oriental State University settled for second in the 200-m run.
“I really gave my all in the final stretch. Thank God I did it,” said Noro, a first year Bachelor in Industrial Technology Management student of DOSU in Mati, Davao Oriental.
John Barry Asdan of the Philippine Air Force collected his second gilt after ruling the PAF’s 100-m dash in 12.3 seconds, a fitting follow-up of his victory in the men’s 200-m run in 26.1 seconds the other day.
Barbie Joy Lamera of Ramon Magsaysay Memorial College in Gen. Santos City was the Air Force’ fastest woman in 15.9 seconds, while Shakira Tuahan was the Navy’s top runner in the century dash with a time of 18.1 seconds.
Philippine Navy’s Silver Jude Ventoza of Zamboanga Peninsula Polytechnic State University dominated the men’s 100-m dash in 11.9 seconds.
Each of the three branches of services of the Armed Forces of the Philippines including the Army, Navy and Air Force conducted separate competitions for their respective cadets so that a separate gold-silver-bronze medal was awarded to the three winners. (ai/mnm)