Palarong Pambansa multi-gold medalist Marc Bryan Dula snagged five gold medals highlighted by three new meet records in the 2019 Invitational Swimming Championship held in Bosay, Antipolo City.
Dula, the reigning Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Male Swimmer of the Year, dominated the boys’ 12-year 100m freestyle after submitting one minute and 1.25 second to erase the 1:03.34 old mark of Kyle Libat in 2014.
The Masville National High School standout continued to impress the field by claiming the top honors in the 50m butterfly where he checked in at 28.25 seconds, good enough to eclipse the 28.78-second previous record of Amber Arano registered early this year.
Dula nailed his third record in the tournament when he ruled the 50m backstroke in 31.31 seconds – blasting the six-year-old 32.06-second old mark of Sean Terence Zamora in 2013.
Dula completed his dominating performance with a couple of gold-medal finishes in the 50m freestyle and 50m breaststroke events.
“It’s one way of improving his times through competitions like this. We want to join as many tournaments as possible to further hone his skills. And I’m happy that he broke three records in this event,” said PSL president Alexandre Papa.
Dula is revving up for major international and local tournaments early next year.
He will be representing Paranaque City in the National Capital Region Meet – the last qualifying tournament for the 2020 Palarong Pambansa.
The Susan Papa Swim Academy ace tanker also shifts his sights on international competitions including the 2020 Japan Swimming Championships in Tokyo, Japan in March.
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