MANILA, Philippines -- Asian elite champion Monica Torres sustained her energy despite dealing with an upset stomach to clinch the gold in women's duathlon on Monday at the Subic Bay Boardwalk.
Torres ruled the 10-km run, 40-km bike, 5-km run event, finishing in 2 hours, 8 minutes and 44 seconds.
"Expected ko na malakas 'yung bike ko, pero 'yung totoo, naisuka ko lahat ng nutrition and gels ko," she revealed after the race.
"Malaking tulong po 'yung mga tao na sumusuporta kaya inisip ko na lang na I will not let them down," Torres added.
The 3-time Powerman Asia Duathlon champion was followed by Pareeya Sonsem of Thailand, who clocked 2:11:18.
Thi Phuong Trinh Nguyen of Vietnam delivered the first duathlon medal for her country by finishing with bronze medal in 2:14:20.
Joey delos Reyes, meanwhile, settled for the silver medal in the men's duathlon with a time of 1:53:04.
Johan Jauhari of Indonesia won gold, with a time of 1:52:51. Srinate Nattawut of Thailand came a second after delos Reyes for bronze.
The run-bike-run event is returning to the SEA Games for the first time since the 2007 edition in Nakhon Ratchasima.
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