Fuentes takes home more than just the long jump gold
The highlight of Day 1 came from Julian Reem Fuentes of Region 2. Fuentes who came 2nd to Western Visayas Gerald Layumas last year in an epic 6.86 to 6.85 lock out (Layumas went on to win the UAAP title this year). Fuentes this year not only satisfied his hunger for the gold but dished out a new palaro record with 7.26m. Erasing the ten year old secondary boys 7.15m record of Paolo Martinez set at the 2002 Palaro in Bicol. So dominant was Fuentes in the event the silver was a very distant 6.45m.
Fuentes jump was the 2nd best jump of 2012, behind Dagmils opening jump of 7.43m at the Laguna time trials. Fuentes leap is the 4th best ever performance by a junior behind Joebert Delicano (7.55), Teodoro Nonato (7.33), and Marayag (7.31). Fuentes will have this year and next to go after the national junior mark which has stood for 13 years.
Cabanyog takes the shotput record but not a personal best
Richie Joy Cabanyog of Western Visayas went into the Palaro with a best throw of 14.15m from regionals. Last years silver medallist this time hurled the shotput 13.90m although not his best throw it was still enough to erase the record of his team mate Efraem Gesulgon who won last year in 13.68m.
Meanwhile in the Javelin Evalyn Palabrica exchanged her silver medal last year for the gold in the girls javelin with a 39.61m throw for the Western Visayas ahead of Rinalyn Apos 36.90m (Region 13).