Claire Adorna won the Philippines’ first gold medal in the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore on Saturday after ruling the women’s triathlon despite an ankle injury, at the East Coast Park in Singapore.
Adorna, 21, a former swimmer before she turned into a triathlete two years ago, solidified her dominance on the event during the bike race segment en route to winning with a time record of two hours, 13 minutes and 0.8 seconds.
Adorna’s fellow Filipino triathlete Kim Mangrobang, 23, won the silver medal with 2:14.26 while Sannuthai Arunsiri of Thailand bagged the bronze with 2:22.08.
It was a 1-2 medal finish in women’s triathlon of the team supported by Triathlon Association of the Philippines President Tomas Carrasco, who is also the current Philippine Olympic Committee chairman. Triathlon is an endurance sport that combines swimming, cycling and running.
Adorna has a nagging ankle injury but refused to undergo surgery because she really wants to compete in the SEA Games. She would undergo operation after the meet.
Adorna topped the initial swim leg with a time of 19:20 then displayed her superiority anew in the 40-kilometer bike race with a time of 1:24.34, giving her a four-minute advantage over Mangrobang who posted 1:28.86.
Men’s triathlon bets Niko Huelgas and Jonard Saim, under the tutelage of men’s coach George Vilog, will see action in the same course on Sunday at 8:00 am. They will try to duplicate their women’s counterpart’s feat of winning a gold.
The Philippines has one gold, four silvers and a bronze medal after the first day of competition. The other silver medals came from Richard Gonzales (table tennis) and Mangrobang (triathlon).
Harlene Ragion (women’s epee) and Justin Gail Tinio (men’s epee) also won silver medals while Nathaniel Perez bagged a bronze (men’s foil).