SUBIC, Zambales – For gold and silver medalists John Rambo Chicano and Andrew Kim Remolino, repping the country comes first before personal glory.
The two worked hand-in-hand to secure the top two spots in the Southeast Asian Games 2019 triathlon event, with Chicano winning the first gold for the Philippines.
During the swim leg, Remolino, who was the first to come out of the water, waited for his teammate before moving on to bike.
“Alam namin ‘yung strength ng isa’t isa. Swimming kasi talaga ‘yung strength ko and sa bike hindi ako masyadong malakas," the 19-year-old silver medalist explained. "Si Kuya Ram naman, talagang malakas siya sa bike, so plinano ko talaga na kailangan kong mauna sa swim para pag-ahon ko, hinintay ko siya para magkasabay na kami sa bike.” S
Games 2017 silver finisher Chicano, who clinched the top spot this year, expressed satisfaction after successfully pulling off this strategy with Remolino.
Added the 28-year-old Chicano: “Nagtulungan po kami lalung-lalo na sa bike kasi doon kami nag-abot, and may nakasabit sa amin na taga-Indonesia so gumawa kami ng tactic in the race, hanggang sa run nagawa naman namin.”
After finishing off his first SEA Games with a silver medal, Remolino could only recall how much his team is willing to sacrifice for the country’s name.
“Nasa winning position na talaga ang bansa kasi ‘yun po talaga ang goal namin na makuha ang gold at silver. Talagang ilalagay ko, at namin, ang mga sarili namin sa winning position lagi,” he said.