PH wins 2 golds in SEA Games triathlon

Camille Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 21 2017 10:38 AM | Updated as of Aug 21 2017 11:11 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – (UPDATED) The Philippines won its second and third gold medals in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games on Monday morning after Nikko Huelgas and Kim Mangrobang won in the men’s and women’s triathlon, respectively, at the Water Sports Complex in Putrajaya.

Huelgas' compatriot, John Chicano, won the silver, giving the Philippines a 1-2 finish in men's triathlon.

Huelgas defended his triathlon title with a time of 1:59.30. He won the same event in Singapore in 2015.

A similar 1-2 finish for the Philippines was recorded in the women’s triathlon with 2015 gold medal winner Claire Adorna settling for silver this year. Mangrobang was the silver medal winner in 2015.

The first gold medal for the country was earned by Mary Joy Tabal, who triumphed in women's marathon last August 19.