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.
Eric Cray won the gold medal in the 400-metre hurdles last 22 August 2017 with a time of 50.03 but was unable to capture the gold medal in the 100-metre dash, an hour after the 400-metre hurdles, settling instead for a silver medal with a time of 10.43 seconds.
Another athlete, Marco Vilog, was able to advanced to the final rounds after placing second with a time of 1:53.28 in the Men’s 800-metre semifinals event. His fellow runner, Mervin Guarte, was able to finished with a time of 1:55.19 enabling him to placed second in his group for the Men’s 800-metre finals event.
In the distaff, Zion Rose Nelson was not able to claim a good finish by finishing with a time of 12.01 seconds and settling on to an eight place in the Women’s 100-metre dash finals.
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.