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Amoguis bags two golds for Davao City on Day 2 of BP nat’l championships

August 28, 2019 - Wednesday 6:08 AM by Daniel Joaquin

Article Banner Image Liaa Margarette Amoguis swims at the Ramon V. Mitra Sports Complex in Puerto Princesa City on Tuesday morning. DSA Photo

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, PALAWAN -- Liaa Margarette Amoguis, the younger of the swimming sensation sisters from Davao City, claimed two gold medals on Tuesday morning at the Ramon V. Mitra Sports Complex in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

Amoguis opened with a gold-medal performance of 5:24.26 in the girls’ 15 and under 400-meter LC individual medley event. She was followed closely by General Santos City’s Thea Canda who finished with a time of 5:25.05 with fellow Davaoeño Juliana Villanueva finishing third with a time of 5:30.01.

Amoguis started the heat in second place, gradually moving closer to heat leader Canda, eventually overtaking her in the breast stroke portion of the event and securing the lead in the final 100 meters.

Later on Tuesday, Amoguis bagged her second gold medal of the day after beating Qaantreulle Wangkay of Laguna Province in the girls’ 12 and under 200-meter LC freestyle event with a time of 2:21.43. Wangkay finished with a time of 2:25.83 while third placer Renavive Lagunay of Dasmariñas City finished with a time of 2:27.71.

In an interview with the media, Amoguis said she did not expect to win gold medals on Tuesday due to her sub-par time trials on Monday.

She added that she is happy to have brought pride to her city with the gold medals she won. She plans to do her best to win as much as two more medals today as she competes in the 200-meter butterfly and relay events tomorrow.

Amoguis also said that her coach, Haroon Cali, has been pushing her to beat her personal records. Despite not being able to do so in the two days that have passed in the nationwide meet, she is proud of what she has achieved. 

When asked what pushes her to work hard, she said her mother always tells her that “Whoever wants it the most wins it,” and she wanted to win most on Tuesday, leading to her double-gold performance.

As of press time, 12-year-old Liaa Margarette Amoguis has won two gold medals, one silver medal in the 200-meter individual medley event, and one bronze medal in the 100-meter butterfly event. Thirteen-year-old Lora Micah Amoguis has won one gold medal in the 200-meter individual medley event and one silver medal in the 200-meter backstroke event.

Meanwhile, Ivo Enot of Colegio de San Ignacio bagged a silver medal in the 200-meter backstroke event late Tuesday morning with a time of 2:22.13.

In an interview with the Mirror, Enot said he is disappointed he did not beat his personal Philippine Junior record but happy that he was able to claim a medal. Enot is set to compete in the 100-meter backstroke event today at the Ramon V. Mitra Sports Complex.