Village girl outplays rivals, grabs two medals

April 27, 2018

David Joshua Ramirez, Region II student journalist
 
VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur – Rashied Faith Burdeos laughed as she related how she used to throw rocks to get mangoes, then run from the neighbors. But now she throws the shot to get a gold medal, and run in jubilation.
 
Burdeos registered 10.13 meters, two centimeters ahead of her Western Visayan foe to clinch the gold medal in shot put -elementary girls at the 2018 Palarong Pambansa yesterday.
 
Dati mangga lang, ngayon ginto na,” joked the medalist from San Gabriel Village, Tuguegarao City.
 
The Grade 6 pupil who recently graduated from Tuguegarao North Central School got the gold after the throwers from Western Visayas posted 10.11 meters and 9.86 meters to settle for silver and bronze, respectively.
 
“Before my game, I erased all the negativities in my mind and replaced it with positive thoughts to concentrate well,” said Burdeos.
 
Though it’s just her second time in the meet, the 12-year-old athlete had all the confidence after she bagged six golds at the Cagayan Valley Regional Athletic Association (CaVRAA) Meet last February.
 
“I’m more confident this time because I worked so hard every time we practice and my trainer Jose Gumabay motivated me well,” she stated.
 
Burdeos also got a bronze in discuss throw after she marked 28.51, as two Western Visayas athletes ruled the said event Wednesday morning.
 
“Still, I thank the Lord for I was able to take bronze even though I was not lucky enough,” Burdeos said.
 
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