KIM Mangrobang is finally the Southeast Asian Games' triathlon queen, but the journey to her latest feat wasn’t as easy as it looked when she walked casually beyond the finish line, her arms raised in triumph.
The charming athlete shared the tons of sacrifices she had to make, including giving up school and time with her family, just to pursue the SEA Games gold that had eluded her for some time.
“Ngayon nag-stop ako sa school, kasi ang triathlon tatlong sports ‘yan eh - swim, bike and run - so sa isang draw twice to thrice a day ako nagte-training,” she said.
“So instead na mag-aral ako in between, nagpapahinga na lang ako. And this is also the time na nasa peak ako eh and school I can always go back naman,” she added.
Mangrobang, 25, who is a second year student at the School of Fashion and the Arts, also had to give up quality time with family to train abroad, particularly in Portugal which served as her base since January.
But her passion for the sport and her desire to make the country proud kept her going.
“Mas madali siya kapag may target kang goal, which is Olympics,” she said. “Sobrang honored akong suot-suot ko ang flag natin.”
“Kapag may mga OFW na nagsasabi sa akin na proud kami sayo, nakita ka namin nag-race, sobrang nakakatuwa and sorbang blessed ako na nirerepresent ko sila,” she added.
With the SEA Games gold achieved, Mangrobang looks back on her triathlon beginnings with eyes also fixed on more goals - and golds - in the future. WATCH