SEA Games: No medal but speed skater Magno sets new personal best

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 30 2017 01:14 PM

Speed skater Kathryn Magno. Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Speed skater Kathryn Magno set a new personal best time, but it was not enough to get her to the podium in the women's 1000-m event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games on Wednesday at the Empire City Skating Rink.

Magno was the Philippines' lone representative in the race, which also marked the country's final event of the 2017 SEA Games here in Kuala Lumpur.

A former figure skater, Magno advanced to the Final A after placing second in her heat with a time of 2:01.53.

But against better competition in the Final A, which serves as the medal race, the 27-year-old Magno finished a far fourth with a time of 1:51.893.

Malaysia's Anja Chong won the 1000-m with a time of 1:48.835, closely followed by Singapore's Cheyenne Goh with a time of 1:48.907.

Another Malaysian skater, Ashley Chin, took the bronze with a time of 1:49.51. 

Though she did not make it to the podium, Magno was still satisfied with her performance. 

"The girls I competed against in the Final A were way above my competitive level, but one of the things that I was focusing was to stay with the pack, and do my personal best, which I was able to do," said Magno, who also competed in the 500-m yesterday but failed to make it to the medal race.

Given that she has only been a competitive speed skater for three years -- and went to the SEA Games without a personal coach -- Magno felt that she performed above expectations.

"I'm really happy. I was trying to medal but sadly I wasn't able to, and I'm still pretty happy with my performance here at the SEA Games," she said.

With the result of the speed-skating event, it is certain that the Philippines will finish with a historically poor performance in the 29th SEA Games.

The 24 gold medals won by Filipino athletes are five fewer than the 29 that they brought home in the 2015 and 2013 editions of the biennial meet, and barely half of the 50 golds projected by the country's national sports associations.

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