Fisherman’s son breaks javelin 4-year ‘Palaro’ record, takes gold medal

  • A fisherman’s son broke the 4-year javelin record in the 2017 ‘Palarong Pambansa’
  • The student is from Iloilo and it was his first try at the annual sport event
  • A 17-year-old lass from Bukidnon was the first gold medalist of the event

MANILA, Philippines – A fisherman’s son managed to break a 4-year-record in javelin throw to give the host Western Visayas its first gold medal haul in the ‘Palarong Pambansa’ 2017 being held in Antique province.

James Lozañes of Iloilo City threw a 700-gram javelin and achieved a new record of 59.46 meters in his third attempt to break the record of 57.81 meters set by Bryan Jay Pacheco four years ago in Palarong Pambansa 2013 in Dumaguete City.

It was Lozañes’ first try at the ‘Palaro’ and the 17-year-old could not contain his joy over his first win. He said he is the sixth among the brood of seven. He was a former Western Visayas champion who previously competed at a regional level.

 Lozañes, a Grade 10 student at the Estancia High School, said he wants to take up Criminology in college.

Meanwhile, another 17-year-old lass from Bukidnon also shone in the yearly multi-sport event to win the first gold medal in the event.

Jay Ann Labasano from Bukidnon took the secondary girls 3,000-meter run, clocking 10 minutes and 32.67 seconds to beat NCR’s Jie Ann Calis (10:41.15) and Ilocos Region’s Maria Junaliza Abutas (10:44.68).

“I really didn’t expect to win,” said Labasano; a daughter of a cassava farmer and a plain housewife.

As per DepEd rules and regulations, gold medalists stand to get P3,000; silver medalist will get P2,000; while bronze medalist winner will bring home P1,000.