Veteran Monica Torres added another gold medal as the Philippines sustained its dominance in triathlon and duathlon events in the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Subic.
The 35-year-old Torres ruled the Women’s Individual Duathlon event with plenty to spare, finishing the race in two hours, eight minutes and 44 seconds, almost three minutes ahead of eventual silver medallist Sonsem Pareeya of Thailand.
Vietnamese Nguyen Thi Phuong Trinh took home the bronze.
The victory for the Singapore-based Torres made up for the silver medal finish of Joey De Los Reyes in the Men’s Individual race held earlier the same day.
Before Torres’ win, the Philippines had a field day Sunday when the country’s top triathletes John Chicano and Kim Mangrobang copped the gold medals in the men’s and women’s triathlon events.
“It’s definitely a different experience kasi mostly kapag Ironman na laro, while I’m representing the country, mostly it’s just myself and I don’t get to travel with a team,” said Torres.
“Sa SEA Games it’s a whole team of Pinoy athletes tapos host pa tayo, masaya talaga yung feeling na andyan yung community. Ibang-iba siya sa international competitions na sinasalihan ko,” added Torres.
With their latest accomplishment, Triathlon Association of the Philippines president Tom Carrasco remains confident about hitting their target of winning four of the six gold medals at stake in their sport.
“I’m still within target to hit four out of six but yung Duathlon is an open race, malalakas mga lalaki,” said Carrasco.