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Triathletes top mixed relay event, give PH another gold

SUBIC -- The best of the best in the Philippines converged and lorded over the 30th Southeast Asian Games triathlon mixed relay event on Monday afternoon at the Subic Bay Boardwalk here.

John Chicano and and Kim Mangrobang capped off another memorable SEAG stint with another gold medal under their belt, joining forces with Fernando Casares and Claire Adorna to top the last triathlon event in the biennial meet.

The quartet completed the swim-bike-run race in 1:33:47 to best foes from Singapore (1:37:58) and Indonesia (1:38:57).

Mangrobang, who started the race for the Philippine team, said there was little pressure knowing they had "fresh legs" on board in Adorna and Casares.

"We were more relaxed because we were able to see how our opponents play yesterday. And we know we have fresh legs," said the charming triathlete.

It was a different story for Chicano, who felt there's pressure on their shoulders to deliver the gold.

The Filipino triathlete, who also set a new SEAG record in the individual men's race, needed to run an extra 200m as the finisher.

"There's pressure. Good thing my teammates were able to build a huge gap before my turn," said Chicano in Filipino.

"But I'm happy we won on my hometown This is really for the Philippines."

With the triathlon events already over, the team is hoping to stamp class in the 2020 Asian Championships in Japan.

Meanwhile, Adorna, who wound up second to Mangrobang in the 2017 edition of the Games, is already looking beyond the Asian Championships.

"We're working very hard. We have a big chance of making the Olympics," she said.