31st SEA Games [Triathlon]: Philippines' Fernando Jose Casares Tan and Kim Mangrobang sweep Golds

Team Philippines dominates triathlon event at the 31st SEA Games, sweeping four out of six of the podium positions as Fernando Jose Casares Tan and Kim Mangrobang claim men's and women's titles

Philippines Women's Champion Kim Mangrobang holds her country flag aloft after winning her third SEA Games triathlon title in a row. PHOTO: THETHAOVIETNAMPLUS.VN

Tuan Chau, Vietnam, 14 May 2022 - Team Philippines proved their dominance at the 31st SEA Games triathlon, sweeping top podium spots for both the men's and women's categories.

In the men's event, Fernando Jose Casares Tan took gold, coming in with a time of 01:56:57. He was joined by fellow countryman Andrew Kim Remolino, who crossed the finish line just minutes after to take silver at 01:59:16.

Men's Champion Fernando Jose Casares Tan Kim crosses the finish line of the 31st SEA Games triathlon event. PHOTO: DYAN TJHIA, SNOC

Indonesia's Ronald Bintang Setiawan put on an immense display of persistance to clinch a podium spot after staying with the leading pack throughout the race, and his time of 02:01:35 was enough to earn him a bronze for Team Indonesia.

Vietnam athlete Lam Quang Nhat was first out of the water but fell into sixth position after the bike leg of the race. PHOTO: SPORTPLUS.SG

Earlier, home crowd favourite Lam Quang Nhat had looked a likely medal winner having taken an early lead in the race, with the former swimmer being the first to emerge from the water in the swim leg and holding over a minute and a half advantage over nearest rivals Bintang of Indonesia and Remolino of the Philippines.

Singapore triathletes Nicholas Rachmadi (left) and Luke Chua during the bike leg of the 31st SEA Games triathlon race. PHOTO: DYAN TJHIA, SNOC

Despite leading for the bulk of the bike leg of the race, Lam was eventually overtaken by eventual champion and runners-up from the Philippines, as well as Indonesian pair Ronald Bintang Setiawan and Aloysius Mardian Reckyardo to come in sixth overall with a time of 2:05.31.

Nicholas Rachmadi enters the water for the swim leg of the triathlon event at the 31st SEA Games. PHOTO: DYAN TJHIA, SNOC

Coming in hot on his heels was Singapore duo Luke Chua and Nicholas Rachmadi, who posted times of 2:06:59 and 02:07:24 to take the seventh and eigth positions out of a field of 15 competitors.

Singapore's Luke Chua running for the finish line. PHOTO: DYAN TJHIA, SNOC

Women's Event

Marion Kim Mangrobang continued her dominance of the women's triathlon event at the SEA Games, sweeping her third consecutive gold medal and leading the race throughout. Her time of 02:13:31 saw her finish well ahead of silver medalist Inge Prasetyo of Indonesia (02:16:38) and teammate Raven Faith Alcoseba Tan, who took the bronze medal with a time of 02:18:30.

The flag off of the women's triathlon elites race on Tuan Chau beach. PHOTO: DYAN TJHIA, SNOC

Singapore's triathletes Herlene Natasha Yu and Regine Goh were also in action at Halong Bay, with Yu looking to add onto her team silver at the 2019 SEA Games. She led for the majority of the swim leg, but was eventually overtaken by eventual gold medalist Kim Mangrobang who emerged out of the water with a time of 22:16 to Yu's 22:25.

Regine Oh during the bike leg of the triathlon race of the 31st SEA Games. PHOTO: DYAN TJHIA, SNOC

Herlene Yu eventually completed the race with a time of 02:20:12, coming in fifth out of a field of 11 competitors, while Regine Oh came in ninth with a time of 02:35:45.

Herlene Yu finished a respectable fifth position, clocking 2:20:12. PHOTO: SPORTPLUS.SG

Meanwhile, Malaysia's Mayumi Shinozuka put in a strong showing and displayed consistency across all three legs to come in with a respectable time of 2:30.18 to finish seventh overall out of a field of 12 competitors.

Malaysia's Mayumi Shinozuka running along the coast line during the triathlon race of the 31st SEA Games. PHOTO: SPORTPLUS.SG

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