Kim Mangrobang tops women’s individual duathlon for second Vietnam SEAG gold medal

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 15) — Kim Mangrobang is the first Filipino athlete to win two gold medals in the 31st Southeast Asian Games.

Mangrobang topped the women’s individual duathlon event on Sunday at the Tuan Chau Resort in Quang Ninh town, a day after clinching a three-peat golden finish in the individual triathlon competition.

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The 30-year-old top Filipina triathlete clocked in two hours, 13 minutes, and 12 seconds to extend the Philippines’ reign in the women’s individual duathlon category.

Monica Torres won the gold medal in 2019 held at Subic Bay.

“I prepared very well in two events, that's why I’m really happy with the result. I focused on my recovery and my conditioning coach, Annie Brown, did a beautiful job,” said Mangrobang, who trained extensively in Portugal prior to the SEA Games.

Malaysia’s Tahira Najmunisaa Muhammad Zaid bagged the silver medal, while Indonesia’s Zahra Putri Bulan Aprillia snagged the bronze medal.

Alexandra Ganzon, the other Filipino in the women’s duathlon competition, finished eighth in the 11-woman field with a time of two hours, 23 minutes, and nine seconds.

Meanwhile, Filipino triathletes Raymund Torio and Rambo Chicano failed to land a podium finish in the men’s duathlon competition.

For Triathlon Association of the Philippines President Tom Carrasco, he was pleased with the overall performance of his wards.

"We got three golds out of the possible four. I thought we’re going to win only two but we got three," said Carrasco. "Indonesia and Vietnam prepared very well against us, but our athletes responded well to the challenges.”