Philippines aiming for 3-4 gold medals in the 32nd SEA Games triathlon events

Even as the Philippines will be sending a reduced number of athletes to the 32nd edition of the Southeast Asian Games (also referred to as SEA Games and Cambodia 2023) in Cambodia anticipating a tough battle ahead, the nation’s triathlon team is aiming high to achieve SEA Games triathlon gold medal success there this May, according to a Philippine Star sports news report. Take note that the SEA Games this year has triathlon, duathlon and aquathlon as medal sports.

To put things in perspective, posted below is an excerpt from the Philippine Star sports news article. Some parts in boldface…

The Philippine triathlon team will try to replicate, if not eclipse, its three-gold medal haul in last year’s Hanoi Southeast Asian Games when it plunges into action in the Phnom Penh Games next month.

I’m still confident, we’re targeting three (gold) medals, four if we are lucky,” Triathlon Association of the Philippines president Tom Carrasco yesterday told The STAR.

Carrasco said a total of seven golds will be staked in the Cambodian meet – three in aquathlon, two in triathlon and the same number in duathlon.

Kim Mangrobang will spearhead the country’s charge after her triumphs in women’s triathlon and duathlon in Hanoi where the Filipinos went home with a 3-1-1 (gold-silver-bronze) harvest with the other mint coming from Fernando Jose Casares in men’s triathlon.

Recently, Mangrobang and Casares were the best Filipino finishers in the Subic International Triathlon in Subic Bay, Zambales where they wound up 24th and 25th in an hour, a minute and seven seconds and 54:46, respectively.

For the newcomers and the triathlon enthusiasts who want to take a look back at the SEA Games triathlon achievements in Vietnam last years, click here and here. To get to know Kim Mangrobang more, click here. The Philippines has been looking forward to the multisport events of this year’s SEA Games.

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: What is your reaction to this recent development? Are you looking forward to the triathlon, duathlon and aquathlon events of the SEA Games this year? Do you feel confident about the Philippines winning most of the gold medals of the three multisport events?

You may answer in the comments below. If you prefer to answer privately, you may do so by sending me a direct message online.


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