Sixteen-year-old Bernalyn Bejoy of Romanito Maravilla National High School in Brgy. Estefania, Bacolod City won a silver and a couple of bronze medals in the 13 th Southeast Asian Youth Athletics Championships held in Thailand early this week.
Bejoy finished second in girls’ 400-meter hurdles and third in 800-meter run, and with her teammates from the Philippine team, secured another third place finish in girls’ 4x400m relay.
A consistent podium finisher in various national competitions, including the Palarong Pambansa and Batang Pinoy, Bejoy is one of the outstanding athletics’ talents trained by the brother and sister tandem of Miguel and Adriana Arca, also teachers from RMNHS.
With fellow Arca-trained athlete Trexie Dela Torre, who saw action in girls’ long jump, Bejoy was supported by the provincial government of Negros Occidental in her participation to the Thailand event.
“We are grateful to the provincial government for its unwavering support,” coach Arca said, adding that Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. through his Executive Assistant for Sports, Angel Verdeflor, has always been supportive to the Romanitans.
In last year’s SEA Youth Athletics games held in Ilagan City, Isabela, Bejoy grabbed the bronze medal in girls’ 400-meter hurdles. This time, she barely missed the gold after finishing 1 minute and 03.17 second, a beat behind gold medalist Arisa Weruwanarak of host Thailand (1:02.53). Weruwanarak’s teammate, Siwaporn Somsai (1:04.29) settled for third place.
Bejoy opened her campaign in Thailand with a bronze medal in 800-meter run after finishing the race in 2 minutes and 14.45 seconds. Ti Khan Ny Ngo of Vietnam claimed the gold (2:11.4) while Angela Freitas De F.Arauyo (2:12.29) booked the silver.
In girls’s 4x400m relay, the quartet from the Philippines composed of Bejoy, Samantha Limos, Lealyn Sanita, and Tara Borlain placed third behind Thailand (gold) and Vietnam (silver).
With the bronze medal won by Jason Jabol in boys’ long jump, the Philippines won four medals from the event.
Bejoy, with coach Adriana Arca and the other members of the Philippine Team returned to the country yesterday.
Instead of going home to Bacolod, Arca said they will stay at the Ultra Stadium in Pasig and continue their preparation for the April. 16-20 Palarong Pambansa in Vigan.
Arca said they will travel to Vigan along with the other delegates from Western Visayas after the delegation will arrive in Manila this Sunday.
“It will be another exciting contest among our athletes and their contemporaries from the other regions. We are motivated to win for our province, Negros Occidental, and the Western Visayas region,” Arca added.*NAB
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