August 11, 2022
  • August 11, 2022

BMX freestyle ends up being a family affair

By on July 17, 2022 0

A FAMILY of park riders – father Armand, son Guetler and daughter Asianity Mariano – caught the eye at yesterday’s PhilCycling National Championships for BMX Freestyle which started with a spirited mid-morning competition but ended wet and cold – not thanks to a heavy early afternoon rain.

Son, Guetler, 18, eclipsed father, Armand, 43, but they went 1-2 down in the men’s championship competition which featured tricks of varying degrees of difficulty.

Guetler Mariano scored 99.18 points for the gold medal and Armand scored 96.10 points for the silver medal. Paulo Diaz Jr. settled for the bronze medal with 95.18 points in competitions supported by Tagaytay City, now led by the Philippine Olympic Committee and the representative of PhilCycling president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, POC and the eighth district and province of Cavite.

The daughter, Asianity, 19, also did their native Navotas proud by dominating the women’s contest with 94.80 points, winning by a mile over Rhea Marie Aldamar (77.40).

Georich Cardino and Angelina de Guzman dominated the flatland competitions thanks to the results of the qualifying round.

Cardino, who flew from Tagbilaran City with five teammates, scored 66.005 to win the men’s flatland gold, beating Deodes Tan (63.40) and Dwyne Lopena (62.75), who completed the podium.

De Guzman, competing in Tanay, scored 51.30 points to win the gold medal with two tenths of a point over Kristal Jane Hernandez. Sarah Melissa Diaz took the bronze with 49.05 points.
PhilCycling freestyle coach Renz Viaje says heavy rain forced the cancellation of finals scheduled for 2 p.m. at Tagaytay City Skate and BMX Park, which was built for the Asian Games host Southeast in 2019.

Officials went to the qualifying results to determine the winners of the inaugural national freestyle and BMX racing championships which were led on Saturday by former Asian junior champion and Olympic Solidarity scholarship holder Patrick Coo (Under 23) and cross-downhill champion John Derick Farr (Elite).

“Too bad the rain fell, but these championships will kick off BMX competitions, an Olympic event,” Tolentino said. “We see BMX (racing and freestyle) as a sport that Filipinos could potentially excel in.”

Filipino-American Daniel Caluag is an illustrious BMX racing athlete with a stint at the London Games in 2012 and a gold medal – the country’s only currency – at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon. missed the national championships due to his commitment as a registered nurse in the United States.

Tagaytay City will host the Asian BMX Championships, a multinational continental competition, next year.