SUBIC - John Chicano flashed the biggest smile as he crossed the finish line as the No. 1 triathlete to rule the 30th Southeast Asian Games men's triathlon which kicked off the hostilities on Sunday here.
It was the first gold medal for the Philippine contingent in the biennial meet.
Runner up in the 2017 edition of the multi-sport spectacle, the 28-year-old hometown hero also set a new SEA Games record after clocking in 1:53:26. He leapfrogged Nikko Huelgas' 1:59 mark made two years ago.
"This one's for the country," said Chicano in Filipino.
Kim Remolino, the 19-year-old triathlete from Talisay, Cebu, bagged the silver medal with a time of 1:55:03, which was not bad for a first-time SEAG participant.
Meanwhile, Indonesia's Muhammad Ahlul Firman snared the bronze mint (1:57:10).
"I'm extremely happy. It's my first time and I already got a medal," Remolino said.
The Filipinas followed suit as expected.
Kim Mangrobang replicated her 2017 conquest by snagging the gold (2:02:00) while Kim Kilgroe (2:05:02) got the silver medal in the women's triathlon.
Nethavani Octaria of Indonesia settled for bronze with a time of 2:16:33.
"I'm so happy especially my coach from Portugal (Sergio Santos) came here to watch," said Mangrobang.