Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Lacuna bags third gold in Singapore

Malaya
http://www.malaya.com.ph/03232010/sports7.html

JESSIE King Lacuna bagged his third gold medal in the butterfly event as Team Philippines ended its campaign in the 41st Singapore National Age Group Swimming Championship with three gold, one silver, and four bronze medals over the weekend.

After setting new Philippine records and winning the gold medals in the 100-meter and 200-meter freestyle, Lacuna, 17, sustained his winning streak with another gold in the 200-meter butterfly, clocking 2:03.01 time to outclass Japanese rival Satoshi Watanabe (2:04.65) and Rainier Ng of Singapore (2:05.17).

Lacuna also netted the country’s lone silver in the 400-meter freestyle, clocking 3:59.75 and finishing behind Haruki Washio of Japan (3:59.02).

Although Team Philippines finished second among six visiting teams, the performance of the swimmers augured well for the country since the event served as a qualifier for the Youth Olympic Games in August.

"Our swimmers have smashed RP records (and) Youth Olympic Games qualifying times left and right. We are on the go," national swimming coach Pinky Brosas said through a text message.

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