WESTERN Visayas tankers continue to make waves, literally and figuratively, in the ongoing Batang Pinoy Visayas Leg in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.
Aklan swimmer Michael Gabriel Lozada already has three gold medals after blasting the competition in the 200m backstroke where he also posted a personal best clock time of 2:48.34 at the Lorenzo G. Teves Aqua Center on Nov. 13.
Lozada also raked in two golds in the 200m individual medley and 50m backstroke categories.
Lozada was also the first triple-gold medal athlete in the ongoing tournament.
His teammate Kyla Soguilon also bagged two gold medals after winning the 200m individual medley after (2 minutes, 39.60 seconds) and 50m backstroke (33.58).
Aklan swimmers Jennuel de Leon and Maria Reina Nazareta also added one gold medal each in the 12 and Under 100m freestyle boys’ and girls’ categories, respectively.
Meanwhile, Iloilo City improved its gold medal in Pencak Silat.
The trio of Roj Miguel Jaro, Joseph Marvin Tacapan and Scyros Malcolm Gardoce topped the pre-teenager regu boys event of pencak silat.
Haro and Gardose also clinched the silver medal in the Class D and Class E, respectively.
Tacapan also got a bronze in Class A division.
In sum, the Ilonggo team has nine medals in pencak silat alone.
The Karatedo squad also won a bronze medal courtesy of Rare Hartha de Anas in the Under 30kg kumite.
As of press time, Aklan tied Cebu on top of the medal tally with seven gold medals apiece, while Iloilo City was on sixth place with three gold, five silver, and one bronze medal.
Bacolod City has three gold medals so far.
The Bacolod City delegation is led by John Paul Papito who captured a gold medal in 400m hurdles. Fellow sprinter Rhome Ojeno won silver in 100m run while Bea Delotavo and Antonnete Aguilon captured bronze medals in 400m hurdles and 100m dash, respectively.
Bacolod Tay Tung High School Thunderbolts also cruised to their second straight victory, 25-7, 25-13 after walloping Bayawan City in the girls’ volleyball at the Lamberto Macias Sports Complex, Nov. 13.