Kim Mangrobang successfully defended her title while Monica Torres had an impressive SEA Games debut

By Nicole Ganglani | Photo from Inquirer Sports | Art by Tricia Guevera

The 30th Southeast Asian Games was extra special for the Philippines this year for many reasons. Aside from the fact that the country hosted the event, this was the year that saw multiple Filipino athletes prove that they can triumph in a biennial tournament  sports scene. Nothing can prove this better than the 149 gold medals the Philippines bagged this year—the most in SEA Games history. Here are some of the remarkable athletes that contributed to the country’s gold medal haul.


Kim Mangrobang 

One of the first few gold medals the Philippines secured early in the tournament was courtesy of Kim Mangrobang. The two-time SEA Games champion finished this year’s triathlon race in 2:02:00—successfully defending her SEA Games triathlon title.


John Chicano

One of the most inspiring narratives in this year’s tournament is John Chicano’s triathlon journey. Chicano finished first place in the men’s triathlon race after clocking in at 1:56:26—securing the country’s first gold medal in the tournament. Chicano outpaced fellow Filipino representative Kim Remolino as the duo completed a 1-2 finish in this year’s race. 

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Monica Torres 

Monica Torres SEA Games debut was an impressive one to say the least. The duathlon queen Torres finished the race in 2:08:45 (10km run in 38:16 and the 40km bike sequence in 1:08:23) ahead of Thailand’s Sonsem Pareeya and Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Phuong Trinh—which earned her first SEA Games gold medal. The 34-year-old is known as the fastest Filipino in the Philippines’ Ironman 70.3 races for the past six years now. 

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Claire Adorna

Adorna, who was part of the mixed relay team, proved once again that the Philippines is still the best triathlon team in the region. The team composed of Adorna, Chicano, Mangrobang, and Fernando Casares ruled the mixed relay tournament with a time of 1:33:47. 


John Derick Farr

Cyclist John Derick Farr added to the country’s gold medal tally after finishing the men’s mountain bike downhill event with a time of two minutes and 43 seconds.


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