KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (DWDD) – KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (DWDD) – Triathletes Nikko Bryan Huelgas and Marion Kim Mangrobang added two (2) more Gold Medals to the campaign of the Philippines in the 29th Southeast Asian games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
According ti the Philippine Secretariat in the 2017 SEA Games, Huelgas was able to defend the men’s title with a total time of 1 hour, 59 minutes and 30 seconds. He clocked 20:57 in swimming, 1:00:00 in cycling and 37:51 in running. Mangrobang outclassed her competition with a time of 2:11:14, clocking 21:09 in swimming, 1:06:56 in cycling and 42:20 in running. The event was held at the Water Sports Centre in Putrajaya.
Compatriots John Leerams Chicano and Ma. Claire Adorna both gained silver medal finish placed second in their respective divisions. Chicano, a first-timer in the SEA Games, submitted the second-best time of 2:01:27 (21:49 in swimming, 1:01:23 in cycling and 37:34 in running) while Adorna, the 2015 gold medalist, won the silver medal after posting a total time of 2:18:58 (21:09 in swimming, 1:07:01 in cycling and 49:56 in running).
Huelgas and Adorna has sjhown tremendous performance in the World Cup, Asian Championships and Subic International competitions. Mangrobang placed 19th in the Tiszaujvaros ITU (International Triathlon Union) Triathlon World Cup in Hungary last June 22. She also trained under noted Portuguese coach Sergio Santos in Rio Major, Portugal last May. Adorna has trained for one month in Phuket, Thailand together with coach Melvin Fausto in preparation for the SEA Games.
Meanwhile, based on data, the Philippines now has 3-4-2 (gold-silver-bronze) medal tally for a total of nine medals with nine days left in the competition.
Other Filipino medalists are Mary Joy Tabal (gold, women’s marathon) who clocked 2:48.26; the men’s sepak takraw team (silver) composed of Alvin Pangan, Joeart Jumawan, John Carlo Lee, John Jeffrey Morcillos, John John Bobier and Rhenwill Catana; and Nicole Tagle in archery (silver, individual recurve). Bronze medalists include Paul Marton Dela Cruz and the troika of Earl Benjamin Yap, Joseph Benjamin Vicencio and Paul Marton Dela Cruz in the individual compound and men’s team compound, respectively, in archery. 2017 SEA GAMES – Philippine Secretariat / MCAG
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