THE THIRD DAY of competition in the 29th Southeast Asian Games started well for the Philippines as it added to its gold medal haul care of triathlon.
Nikko Bryan Huelgas and Kim Mangrobang ruled the men’s and women’s triathlon events, respectively, to take the country’s gold medal tally to three, as of this writing, in addition to the one won by marathoner Mary Joy Tabal last Saturday.
Making it all the more special for the Philippines in triathlon was silver in the men’s and women’s events also went Team Philippines’ way with John Chicano and Claire Adorna finishing second to their compatriots.
Mr. Huelgas, who also won the event in the 2015 edition in Singapore, clocked in with a time of 1:59:30 to emerge on top anew.
Mr. Chicano came in at 2:01:27 to complete the 1-2 finish in the event that saw them go through a 1.5-kilometer swim, 40-km. bike ride and 10-km. run course.
Misses Mangrobang and Adorna then followed suit when they completed their own 1-2 finish in the women’s event. — MASM