SEA Games: Philippines flexes muscle in triathlon after women finish 1-2, too

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 01 2019 10:22 AM | Updated as of Dec 01 2019 05:45 PM

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Kim Mangrobang celebrates winning gold in SEA Games women's triathlon on Sunday. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Kim Kilgroe celebrates after finishing second in SEA Games women's triathlon on Sunday. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

SUBIC BAY—Two Kims asserted yet again the country’s supremacy in women’s triathlon on Sunday by nabbing the gold and silver here in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.

Kim Mangrobang raced for the gold en route to a strong 2-hour, 2-minute finish, repeating the feat she accomplished in Kuala Lumpur in 2017.

It was the country’s second mint in triathlon following John Rambo Chicano’s golden finish in the men’s category. 

Fil-American model Kim Kilgroe crossed the finish line at 2:05:02, duplicating the Philippines’ 1-2 finish in Malaysia.

“Two weeks na ako dito,” she said. “Pinaghandaan ko ’yung weather, lagi kaming lumalabas ng coach ko ng 8 a.m. so naghanda kami para dito.”

This, however, did not prevent her from experiencing jitters before the race.

“Na-realize ko kahapon nu’ng 2005 nanonood lang ako kinakabahan na ako. What more kung ngayon tatayo sa harap ng mga Pilipino? Sobrang kinakabahan ako kagabi hindi ako nakatulog,” she said.

She said the pressure was stronger at home compared overseas since they had to deliver in front of the home crowd.
 
“’Yung sa Kuala Lumpur iba, kasi lahat ng Pilipino nandito na nag-e-expect ng first and second place panalo ang Filipino,” she said.

Mangrobang will again race on Monday in the relay at 3 p.m., hoping to snare another mint.

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