This is an almost one-week late entry for the updates regarding Athletics Team Philippines in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
It was a fateful event for the athletics team when Trente Anthony Beram won two gold medals, one in the 200-metres event and the other in the 300-metres dash in the men’s category.
A silver medal was added when Marco Vilog finished the men’s 800-metre event on a second place.
The third place in the men’s 1,500-metre event was won by Mervin Guarte, taking home a bronze medal for the team.
In the distaff side, it was not time yet for Zion Nelson and Kayla Anise Richardson to grab a place in the top three placings when they failed to get into the final in the women’s 200-metre event.
Both the men and women of the athletic relay team won bronze medals in the 4 X 100M relay event, the men finishing with a time of 39.11 seconds while it was a time of 44.81 seconds for the women’s event.
The Philippines already have 3 gold medals as of 21 August 2017.
The first gold medal was won by Mary Joy Tabal by finishing at 2:48:26 last 19 August 2017 in the marathon event of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She was a Cebuana marathoner who had several issues before she was finally allowed to participate in the 29th SEA Games. She was only allowed when she agreed that she will bring Rene Herrera as her official coach and her long-time coach, John Philip Dueñas. She already bettered her 2015 SEA games silver medal record of 3:04:39 and her 2016 Olympics personal record (PR) of 3:02:27 in Rio de Janeiro. She still has to be her personal best record of 2:43:31 at the Ottawa Marathon in 2016 which was her qualifying record for the 2016 Olympics games held in Rio de Janeiro.
It was unfortunate for her fellow runner, Jeson Oyco Agravante to have suffered cramps during the men’s marathon event enabling him to unsuccessfully not finish the event.
For the second and third gold medals, it was triathletes Nikko Huelgas and Kim Mangrobang, who won it both for the men’s and women’s triathlon event of the 2017 SEA Games. They won at the Water Sports Complex in Putrajaya, Malaysia last 21 August 2017.
Nikko Huelgas won with a personal record of 1:59:30 complementing his record when he won in the same event of the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore. On the other hand, his fellow triathlete, John Chicano was able to capture the silver medal adding a boost in the triathlon record of the Philippines.
It was also the same matter in the distaff of the triathlon event. Kim Mangrobang who was the silver medallist in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore, bagged the gold medal. Her fellow triathlete, Claire Adorna, was able to win the silver medal for the women’s triathlon event.
Started late and now keeps on going by running on a late age.
Rosalinda Ogsimer is a 69-year old ultramarathoner. She lives in Parañaque City, Metro Manila. She has a very supportive husband with whom she has four children. She did her first half-marathon at the 2013 Run United Philippine Marathon while her first full marathon was at the 2015 The Bull Runner Dream Marathon.
She was motivated by her eldest son who is a triathlete. Her first run was a 5K at Greenfield City back in 2012. Her training regimen includes running three times a week, 5K to 10K on weekdays and 16-21K on weekends. She also takes multivitamins, vitamin C, and B complex.
Her typical day starts by waking up at 3:45am especially every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Running 5K, doing exercise in her little gym at home, doing treadmill and bodycraft. After that, she goes to work as an assistant to her husband’s clinic. She sleeps around 10pm after watching her favorite TV series.
Her words of wisdom: “Determination, perseverance, and regular practice are important.”