SUBIC – The Philippines and Thailand on Wednesday opened a modern-pentathlon test event in Subic, as the sport prepares to debut in the Southeast Asian Games in December.
The test event is at the SBMA Boardwalk in the Subic Freeport Zone, where the hosts dominated the first of the two-day meet.
On Wednesday morning, organizers staged the beach laser-run event, in which the Philippines nabbed all three gold medals courtesy of Michael Ver Anton Comaling in the men’s competition, Princess Honey Arbilon (women’s) and the pair of Arbilon and Samuel German (mixed relay).
Laser-run includes four rounds of laser-pistol shooting from 10 meters and running an 800-meter race four times. Athletes have to hit a target five times before the run part. The maximum number of hits is 20 and the total running distance is 3,200 meters.
“Two weeks na kami dito pero first time namin na may competition. Most likely Team B ng Thailand nakalaban namin but it’s OK. At least they can tell yung national team nila na we are that tough,” Comaling, 19, said.
Thursday morning saw the pentathletes of both countries compete in the triathlete event where they battle in a shoot-swim-run competition.
The race includes a 50-meter open-water swimming followed by laser-pistol shooting from 10 meters, and then an 800-meter run. The sequence repeats four times.
Modern pentathlon is composed of 5 events -- running, shooting, fencing, equestrian and swimming, but organizers had to scratch equestrian and fencing events.
This test event is being witnessed by Richard Gomez, the Ormoc city mayor who is also president of the Philippine Modern Pentathlon Association, the sport's national governing body.
In the SEA Games, modern pentathlon will run from Dec. 4 to 7 here.
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