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Triathlete delivers first gold
for PH in 30th SEA Games


Rambo Chicano delivered the first gold for the Philippines after he ruled the 30th Southeast Asian Games men's triathlon yesterday at Subic Bay Boardwalk.

After a second-place finish to Nikko Huelgas in the 2017 meet in Kuala Lumpur, the Olongapo City native clocked one hour, 53 minutes and 26 seconds to win his first-ever SEA Games gold medal.

“I’m so happy that I almost I can’t believe I won. My mindset is the athlete from Indonesia is strong. He was behind us all throughout,” said Chicano, who clearly had the home-court advantage.

Andrew Kim Remolino bagged the silver medal with a time of 1:55:03 as the Philippines had a 1-2 finish once again.

“Of course I’m very happy because I was just elevated from junior category and then I won silver right on my first SEA Games,” said SEA Games first-timer Remolino.

Remolino said winning gold and silver for the Philippines was just a bonus for him and Chicano.

Muhammad Ahlul Firman of Indonesia settled for the bronze medal with a time of 1:57:10.

Meanwhile, Agatha Wong of the Philippines proved a class over the rest, retaining the gold medal in the taolu taijiquan event of wushu yesterday at the World Trade Center in Manila.

Wong, who performed fifth in the order of play, was spectacular among all the nine entries, registering 9.67 to handily win the gold.

Lachkar Basma of Brunei won the silver with 9.55 points while Tran Thi Minh Huyen of Vietnam scored 9.53 for the bronze medal.

Wong also ruled the event in the 2017 Games in Kuala Lumpur and won a bronze in the 2018 Indonesia Asian Games in Jakarta.

She is set to compete in the women’s taijijian event on December 3.

Loh Choon How of Malaysia topped the taijiquan event with 9.68 points, with Zheng Yu Hosea Wong of Brunei bagging the silver with 9.59 points. Daniel Parantac of the Philippines settled for the bronze medal with 9.56 points.*PNA


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