31st SEA Games [Duathlon]: No joy for Singapore as Pham Tien San and Kim Mangrobang clinch golds

Vietnam and Philippines prove superior for the Men's and Women's Duathlon events, as Singapore's duathlon athletes put in a hard shift on another tough day at Tuan Chau

The women's duathlon elites in the first lap of their 10km run for the Duathlon. PHOTO: SPORTPLUS.SG


Tuan Chau, Vietnam, 15 May 2022 - Vietnam hometown favourite Pham Tien San clinched the Men's Duathlon Event gold, and Philippines Kim Mangrobang emerged tops for the women elites at the 31st SEA Games Duathlon event, as Singapore's duathlon athletes battled hard to emerge with respectable results.


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Flagging off 5 minutes earlier than the originally stipulated 6am, Singapore's Lam Wai Kit and Ahmad Arif Ibrahim put in a good shift, with the latter suffering an unfortunate crash during the bike course that ultimately cost him his lead and possibly a medal as he was leading at the point.

Singapore duo Ahmad Arif Ibrahim (front) and Lam Wai Kit going around the course in the men's Duathlon event at the 31st SEA Games. PHOTO: SPORTPLUS.SG


Despite the setback, the Singaporean duo of Lam and Ahmad continued to battle and finished the course coming in with a respectable 5th position and 8th position. Lam clocked a timing of 01:58:07, trailing closely behind John Chicano from the Philippines who clocked a timing of 01:57:50.

Singapore's Yong Man Yun giving chase at the 31st SEA Games. PHOTO: SPORTPLUS.SG


The race was eventually won by hometown favourite Pham Tien San, who did not fly out of the blocks but proved most consistent after staying with the lead pack. Indonesia took both second and third spots for the men's duathlon, with Rudi Ferbriade's 01:56:12 see him take silver, and Jauhari Johan clinching bronze with 01:57:36.


Ahmad's unfortunate incident meant he still finished strong but with a timing of 02:04:54 in eighth position. He needed some medical attention after the race.

Philippines Kim Mangrobang (right) proved her dominance of both triathlon and duathlon elite events, bagging consecutive gold medals at the 31st SEA Games. PHOTO: SPORTPLUS.SG


In the women's event, Philippines' Kim Mangrobang added a second gold medal in two days after clinching the women's triathlon event a day earlier.


Mangrobang had on Saturday continued her dominance in women’s individual triathlon at the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam, bagging her third consecutive triathlon gold at the Games.

Singapore's Ahmad Arif Ibrahim in the men's Duathlon event at the 31st SEA Games. PHOTO: SPORTPLUS.SG


Singapore's sole representative Yong Man Yun came in sixth out of a field of 11 competitors with her time of 02:22:08, finishing ahead of Chia Ling Pow from Malaysia who finished with a timing of 02:22:30.


Yong stayed with the lead pack for as long as she could, and proved consistent enough to place sixth after chasing a lead pack which saw Malaysia's Tahira Najmunissa take silver (02:14:22) and Zahra Putri Bulan of Indonesia clinch bronze.


Vietnam's Thi Phuong Trinh lost out on a medal position after initially starting strong, coming in fourth at 02:15:54.


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