Filipina triathlete Maria Claire Adorna is confident she can win gold back-to-back as she plunge into action in this year’s edition of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games to be held from August 19 to 30 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Two years since her gold medal finish in the Singapore SEA games, Adorna, 23, has been working hard to bring her speed and stamina to greater heights. Adorna will be representing the Philippines in triathlon with fellow Pinay Marion Kim Mangrobang—the Singapore SEA Games silver medallist—and Nikko Huelgas the men’s division gold medalist.
Adorna said that this year’s SEA Games would be more challenging considering the formidable contingents from Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore.
“I think it will be tougher because other countries are now aware of what the Philippines can do, so they are really preparing hard also,” Adorna told The Manila Times via online interview on Friday.
She expressed great optimism of winning her second gold medal in triathlon in the biennial meet.
“We still have a big chance (of winning another gold medal) because when we had our last race in Subic, our time records were still one of the fastest in Southeast Asia,” she added. “But there is still room for improvement—many techniques that we need to learn—and we’re doing it step by step.”
The University of the Philippines alumnus is undergoing training in Phuket, Thailand since May, and will return to Manila in the first week of August before flying to Malaysia.
“I’m training really hard everyday and giving my best,” said Adorna, “We are always positive and we pray that we get the gold and the silver again.”
Adorna won gold in the women’s event with a time record of two hours, 13 minutes and eight seconds while Mangrobang posted two hours, 14 minutes and 26 seconds to bag the silver, completing the Philippines’ 1-2 finish in women’s triathlon during the 2015 Singapore SEA Games.