2 gold medals for Kim | Jun Lomibao
HANOI—Kim Mangrobang dominates the women’s duathlon on Sunday to follow up on her success in the triathlon on the eve of the 31st Southeast Asian Games.
In high spirits after claiming victory in the women’s triathlon last Sunday, Mangrobang, 30, of Sta. Rosa, Laguna, beat Malaysia’s Tahira Muhammad Zaid to the boards for her first duathlon title at the Tuan Chau Peninsula. She clocked 2 hours and 13.12 seconds.
“I prepared very well for both events, that’s why I’m really happy with the result,” said Mangrobang. “I focused on my recovery and my fitness trainer, Annie Brown, did a wonderful job.”
Mangrobang trained extensively with the Portugal national team to hone her skills in the duathlon and triathlon, which the Philippines team swept away with victory in the men’s race.
Agatha Wong, meanwhile, saved her best for last to rule taijijian (taolu) wushu as the Philippine wushu team achieved its goal of winning two gold medals also on Sunday.
Wong won gold just 24 hours after relinquishing her crown and settling for silver in taijiquan (taolu), the same event she won in the past two editions of the 11-year event. nations.
Later in the afternoon, Arnel Mandal made it a double celebration for the Philippines, winning the team’s second gold medal by defeating Laksmana Pandu Pratama of Indonesia in the men’s 56kg sanda final, 2 -0.
The Philippines team will now return home with two gold medals, two silver, the other donated by Jones Inso in men’s taijiquan (taolu) and a bronze medal, also donated by Inso in taijijian.
“Due to the short time to train our athletes, our conservative estimate was two gold medals and we achieved it,” said Wushu Federation of the Philippines President Freddie Jalasco.
“I’m so grateful,” said Wong, who admitted on coming here that she had low expectations as the national team only had two months to train in a bubble in Manila.
Tahira settled for the silver medal in the women’s duathlon clocking 2:14.22 while Putri Bulan Aprilla of Indonesia settled for the bronze medal clocking 2:14.49 in the competition.
His double duty done for the country, Mangrobang will now focus on the duathlon race at the World Games in Alabama, USA on July 7.
Mangrobang is set to receive 600,000 pesos in incentives from the Philippine Sports Commission, which is funding the national team campaign.
The other Filipino duathlon entry, Alexandra Ganzon, finished eighth with a time of 2:23. John Leerams Chicano, the men’s triathlon champion in 2019, came in fourth and Raymond Torio was sixth in the men’s individual duathlon.
Vietnam’s San Pham Tien dominated the men’s race while Indonesia’s Rudi Febriade and Jauhari Johan won the silver medal.
The president of the Philippine Triathlon Association, Tom Carrasco, said he was satisfied with the performance of his wards.
“We got three gold medals out of a possible four. I thought we were only going to win two, but we got three,” Carrasco said. “I’m happy with what we got. Indonesia and Vietnam prepared very well against us, but our athletes responded well to the challenges.
Wong impressed the judges at the event which featured nine participants wielding a double-edged sword traditionally used in Chinese martial arts and scored 9.71 points.
Hometown bets Huyen Tran Thi and Trang Tran Thi scrambled to get the crowd moving at Cau Giay Gymnasium. But they couldn’t do better than 9.70 and 9.69 for silver and bronze, respectively.
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