Sacho Ilustre resets junior Philippine national record for the fifth time


Junior Philippine national record holder Maurice Sacho Ilustre again broke his Junior 14-15 Boys 200m Butterfly record at the Batang Pinoy Swimming Championship – Luzon Leg in Naga City, Wednesday morning.

From his previous record of 2:10.07, fifteen year-old Ilustre reset the junior 200m Butterfly national record to 2:09.97 en route to winning the gold medal.

This is the fifth time Ilustre has reset this record, and 4th time this year.

He first broke this record in December 2013 at the Speedo LC National Swimming Championship where he erased the 14-year-old record of Jonathan Villagracia (2:11.51) after clocking 2:11.25.

He then trimmed down the record to 2:11.21 at the Palarong Pambansa NRC in January this year, then down to 2:11.06 in April at G-League NCR Leg, and reset it again the following month to 2:10.07 in the Palarong Pambansa national championship.

Ilustre also topped the boys’ 1500-m freestyle event, his second gold at Batang Pinoy Luzon Leg.

Meanwhile, local bet Kurt Anthony Chavez, and Quezon City’s Chloe Kirsten Daos each won two gold medals on Wednesday in the swimming competition of the 2014 Batang Pinoy-Luzon Leg at the Metro Naga City Sports Complex in Barangay Pakul here.

The 12-year-old Chavez, the torchbearer in the opening ceremonies, topped the boys’ 1500-meter freestyle with a time record of 8:53.04. He later dominated the 800-m boys’ 12-year old and under freestyle category with 448.72.

“My father is a swimming instructor and he trained me since I was a small child,” said Chavez, a Grade 7 student at the Naga Science High School.

Chavez hopes to win at least five gold medals to boost his chance of inclusion in the national training pool.

Not to be outdone, Philippine training pool member Kirsten Daos of Quezon City dominated the girls’ 13-15-year old category 800-m freestyle with a time of 9:53:57. The second year high school student of Immaculate Concepcion Academy in San Juan City won her second gold medal in the 400-m freestyle with a time record of 4:47.34.

“My time now is improving since I joined the national training pool. I really hope I could join our national team in the forthcoming 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore. That’s why I practice hard everyday,” said the 15-year-old Daos, whose best medal haul in the annual Batang Pinoy competition was seven golds during the 2012 national finals in Iloilo City. She is scheduled to attend a swimming camp in Qatar next month.

The other winners in the swimming competition were Jewelle Macatangay of Batangas City in the girls’ 12-year old and under 400-m freestyle (5:10.73), Kathryn Goguanco of Tanauan City in the girls’ 800-m freestyle for 13-15-year old (11:12.91) and Gianna Vivien Garcia of Manila in the girls’ 800-m freestyle for 12-year old and under (10:41.01).

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