NEW CLARK CITY – After 18 long years, the toughest woman athlete of the Southeast Asian Games is a Filipina.
Sarah Dequinan triumphed in women's heptathlon Sunday to become the first local athlete to win the event since Elma Muros-Posadas in 2001.
Dequinan totalled 5,101 points in completing the 10 events spread out in two days of competitions at the New Clark City Stadium.
The Filipina already amassed enough points leading the race that she had the gold in the bag with still three events left.
Malaysian bet Norliyana Kamaruddin Norliyana took the silver medal with a total of 4,909 points while the bronze went to Sunisa Khotseemueang of Thailand.