Philippine triathletes followed up their remarkable 28th Southeast Asian Games performance by clinching team silver and bronze medals in the 2015 New Taipei Asian Triathlon Championships in Taiwan.
Kim Mangrobang in tandem with Kim Kilgroe matched her SEA Games silver medal showing in the elite women’s team.
Mangorabang landed seventh among the elite women with a two-hour, 22-minute, 25-second clocking with Kilgroe submitting a time of 2:32:16, good for a top 10 finish.
Their aggregate time of 4:54:41 was second only to 4:18:22 of Japan which swept the podium positions Sinagpore Games gold medalist Nikko Huelgas shared the bronze medal in the elite men’s team with with Jonard Saim.
Huelgas schecked in 8th overall, covering the 1.5-kilometer swim, 40K bike and 10K run grind in 2:06:18 while Saim making up for his disappointing SEA Games 6th place finish landed in 11th position at 2:10:05. The duo’s combined time of 4:16:23 followed powerhouse Japan (4:00:50) and Hong Kong (4:08:53).
Huelgas, racing in his second triathlon in a space of a week, raised eyebrows as he was the only competitor left standing among the Top 10 elite men after the crossing the finish line.
While the sweltering heat and humidity took their toll on most of the triathletes, SEA Games gold medalist Claire Adorna (ranking third after the swim) was bugged by an electronic gear shift malfunction that left her biking on a single gear for 40 kilometers.