MANILA — Triathlon athletes Nikko Huelgas and Kim Mangrobang lived up to their lofty billing as they topped their respective events in runaway fashion even as their fellow national team members triumphed in taekwondo during the final day of the 2014 Philippine National Games.
The 22-year-old Huelgas struck early as he pulled away from his rivals in the first 500 meters of the leg and never looked back to clinch the men’s 20-over division title in the event held at the Ayala Alabang Village.
He clocked one hour, 20 minutes and 25 seconds to capture his third gold medal of the Games since 2011. He likewise redeemed himself after settling for third last year in the event that featured a 900-meter swim, 27.1-kilometer bike and 5.2-km run.
Banjo Norte came in second in 1:21.26, while Deo Timbol finished third in 1:27.32.
Kim Mangrobang, 22, extended her reign to four years by posting 1:36.54 to beat out General Santos native Noemi Galeos (1:49.27) and Bic Ferreria (1:50.49) for the gold medal.
Ed Macalalad, a member of the PH pool, won the 16-19 category to make up for his third place finish last year. He clocked 1:26.33 to beat fellow PH pool members Julius Constantino and Samuel Ranque.
In duathlon, Robeno Javier ruled the men’s 20-over division in 1:14.43, while Nancy Papaya (1:34.40) and James Allado (1:19.23) won in the women’s 20-over and men’s 16-19 division, respectively.
In taekwondo, PH team members Ariane Asegurado (feather), Clouie Bolinas (welter), Arven Alcantara (feather) and Nicole Zapata (heavy) proved too classy to their respective opponents. (Manila Bulletin)