KIM Mangrobang settled for the bronze medal in the elite female competition of the Ylan Asian Cup Triathlon held in Chinese Taipei over the weekend.
The 21-year-old Mangrobang, the country’s top female triathlete, completed the swim (1.5-kilometer)-bike (40 km)–run (10 km) event in a time of 2 hours, 14.3895 seconds to finish behind runner-up Joyce Cheung Ting Yan of Hong Kong and champion Anel Stewart of South Africa.
Not as fortunate was national champion Nikko Huelgas who finished sixth in the elite male competition with a time of 1:54:12.95. Teammate John Chicano timed 2:00:30.40 to land in 11th place.
Anthony McSweeney of Australia claimed the title in the men’s side of the event where some eight hundred entries from around the world saw action, including 32 elite triathletes.
The participation and trip of the three national triathletes were funded by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) under the sports development program of the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP).
Next month, Huelgas will attend the ITU World Under-23 & Junior Camp in Auckland, Australia as one of only three Asian triathletes selected, accompanied by national triathlon coach George Vilog who will participate in the camp as a facilitator.