SEA Games stint gives Pinoy triathletes boost in Olympic bid

Karl Cedrick Basco, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 04 2019 03:24 PM | Updated as of Dec 04 2019 04:02 PM

Fernando Casares (from left), Claire Adorna, Kim Mangrobang, and John Rambo Chicano win gold in SEA Games triathlon mixed relay in Subic, Zambales on December 2, 2019. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

SUBIC—They are not done yet. 

The Filipino triathletes may have swept all three gold medals at stake in Southeast Asian Games triathlon, but they are not satisfied as they make a last push to capture 2020 Tokyo Olympics tickets. 

Team Philippines led by John Chicano and Kim Mangrobang took the mixed relay gold after the two clinched the individual titles.

Claire Adorna and Fernando Casares helped the country create a good separation among other competing countries in the region on Monday, enabling the hosts to win the team event.

But their impressive appeared just to be a preparation for the Olympic Games.

"Ganu'n pa rin training, pa rin. Malaki naman 'yung chance ng men's and women's kasi malakas naman. Lahat kami we are working really hard for the 2020 [Olympics]," Adorna said.

Chicano said the team still has to join a series of tournaments to increase their qualification points, one of which is the Asian Championships in Japan.

Meanwhile, the four credited the crowd, whose support helped carry them to victory in these Games. 

"Awesome and motivating kasi naririnig mo lahat ng kapwa mo Pilipino tsaka parang wala ka nang reason para di ibigay yung lahat kasi with the crowd all out yung sigaw nila. Homeground natin to. Sa'tin to. Binigay namin lahat," Adorna said. 

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