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After Negrense Julius Sermona captured the gold in men’s 10,00-meter, it was his wife’s turn to make her mark as Loralie Sermona shattered the national record in women's hammer throw in the POC-PSC National Games in Dumaguete City

Loralie, 30, threw to a distance of 50.03m to improve the 49.79m standard which she herself set when she was still single in the 2007 Southeast Asian Games in Thailand.

Sermona, who is a bronze winner in last year's Southeast Asian Games in the same event, made the record-breaking throw on her third attempt using all the techniques she got from national coach Lerma Bulauitan.

Another noteworthy performance in the national games yesterday was that of Katherine Santos of Baguio City who bagged two gold medals from century dash and triple jump.

The 21-year-old Santos snared the triple jump gold medal on her first jump and in just about 15 minutes zoomed to the gold medal in the women's 100m dash.

Still with sand all over her, Santos made a strong finish in century dash and became newest track darling in the event organized by Philippine Olympic Committee and the Philippine Sports Commission.

The 5-foot-4 SEAG long jump bronze medalist last year broke down in tears after taking the 100m gold in 12.17 seconds beating Laguna's Hanelyn Loquinto who clocked 12.38 seconds.

Beating Santos to become the first double gold winner in athletics was national team member Narcisa Atienza of Laguna who dominated women's shot put and high jump competitions.

At the Lorenzo Teves Aquatics Center, Olympic-bound Jessie King Lacuna went full steam ahead for the 400m freestyle gold medal. He is slated to compete in six more events. He timed four minutes, 12.95 seconds, far from his personal best of 3:59.75. He beat Jose Joaquin Gonzales of Davao City who clocked 4:14.12.

Snaring gold medals in men's and boys' 400m free which employed mixed age-group format were Marc Audrey Santos of Bulacan in 11-12-years old category, Jenkins Lorenzo Labao of Baguio in 13-14, Jethro Roberts Chua of Cagayan de Oro in 15-16, and Franz Marquez of Quezon Province in 17-18.

Also snatching the gold yesterday was veteran national team member Henry Dagmil, who topped the men's 100m dash, while teammates Jho-An Banayag, the 2009 SEAG champion in 10K, and Rosie Villarito, imposed themselves in the women's 10K and women's javelin throw, respectively.

National athletes Emerson Obiena copped the men's pole vault gold, while Jerome Oclaret of Tangub City ruled men's discus throw.

Also winning their events were Mervin Guarte of Laguna in men's 800m, Aiza Suaybaguio of Cebu City in women's 800m, Romnick Nor of Koranadal in boys' 100m, Jenny Rose Rosales of Hypersports in girls' 100m, Louielyn Pamatian of Bago City in girls' 800m and Joan Caido of Baguio City in boys' 800m. *PNA

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