SEA Games: Mangrobang wins third consecutive triathlon gold

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 14 2022 02:37 PM | Updated as of May 15 2022 12:04 AM

Kim Mangrobang wins Gold in the SEA Games women's triathlon in Subic, Zambales on December 1, 2019. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News/FILE PHOTO
Kim Mangrobang wins Gold in the SEA Games women's triathlon in Subic, Zambales on December 1, 2019. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News/FILE PHOTO

Triathlon scored big Saturday, sweeping the men’s and women’s individual gold medals and boosting the Filipinos’ campaign in the 31st Vietnam Asian Games in Hanoi, Vitenam.

For third straight time, triathlete Kim Mangrobang clinched the gold medal in women's individual triathlon.

She broke away from the pack in the bike leg of the 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run event and won her third straight crown pulling away in 2:13.31.

Meanwhile, Fil-Spanish Fernando Tan Casares, 26, proved to be a very able successor to compatriot John Leerams “Rambo” Chicano, topping the men’s race in 1:56.57.

“We were expecting this in the first place, but we never relaxed despite the confidence we have. They still did their homework,” said national triathlete coach George Vilog, who predicted last Friday that his wards will be good for at least two gold medals.

Mangrobang, who first ruled the women’s class in 2017 and repeated the trick two years later, will go for a golden double Sunday when she competes in the duathlon (bike and run) race in the company of Chicano, who topped the men’s triathlon back home three years ago. The race starts at 6 a.m.

“She (Mangrobang) had a great breakaway in the bike leg,” said Vilog, who has been coaching the national team for 12 years.

The two other Pinoy entries, Andrew Kim Remolino of Cebu City and Raven Faith Alcoseba, also made it to the podium, winning silver, and bronze medals, respectively.

Remolino, 22, retained the silver medal he won in the 2019 Philippine SEA Games by clocking 3:59.16 in the event that lured 14 entries while Alcoseba clocked 2:18:30 in the 12-women field.

In 2019, the Philippines also swept the two gold medals in the individual triathlon events held in Subic Bay.