KUALA LUMPUR, July 26, 2018 – Filipino trackster and CALABARZON’s sprint queen Jessel Lumapas bagged her second gold medal in the ongoing 2018 ASEAN Schools Games on July 23 at the Mini-Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
The Grade 11 athlete from Nazareth School of National University clocked 25.03 seconds in clinching the girls’ 200-m run over teammate Decerie Jane Niala (25.07) and Indonesia’s Nuryanti Erna (25.25), who took the silver and bronze medals, respectively.
Mentored by Fernando Dagasdas, the 17-year-old Lumapas shared that she is still aiming for another gold medal in the 4×400 m event scheduled on July 24.
“Tingnan ko lang po. Kakayanin namin ng teammates ko. May tiwala naman ako sa kanila,” she relayed.
Lumapas, who hails from Dasmariñas City, Cavite, also shared that she dedicates her medal to her most supportive parents.
Meanwhile, teen tracksters Tara Borlain and Bernalyn Bejoy also bagged runners-up medals in 800m girls event.
Vietnam’s Ngo Thi Khanh Ny emerged with the gold medal after she timed two minutes and 13.90 seconds.
Borlain’s 2:15.54 and Bejoy’s 2:17.51 secured them the silver and bronze medals, respectively.
Over at the Gymnastics Gymnasium, still in Bukit Jalil, Justine Ace de Leon scored the silver medal in the boys artistic gymnastics’ vault event.
De Leon received a final score of 13.533 points for the silver medal spot, placing next to the gold medalist Trinh Hai Khang from Vietnam who garnered 13.717 points.
Althea Descutido also salvaged the bronze medal in the clubs event finals of the girls’ rhythmic gymnastics.
“I must say that we are already very proud of what our athletes are doing for our nation this 10th ASEAN Schools Games. We are looking forward to beating our own record four years ago when we came in fourth during the Games held in the Philippines, year 2014 – the highest rank we achieved so far in ASG,” DepEd Undersecretary for Legislative Affairs, External Partnerships, and School Sports Tonisito Umali shared.