After dominating the Southeast Asian Games for the fourth consecutive edition, Filipino triathletes may be ready for their toughest challenge in Cambodia next year.
Kim Mangrobang reigned supreme in the women’s triathlon and duathlon events, and the team doubled it in the Philippine swimming-biking event after Fernando Jos Cারceres won the men’s team, but Tom is thought to be the president of the Philippine Triathlon Association. Strong and bow will be on top of them.
“We should expect tougher competition next year (in the 32nd edition of the Games). Vietnamese and Indonesians are getting stronger, “Carasco told Inquirer.
Cebuano Andrew Kim Remolino won the men’s silver for the second time in a row, but Indonesia’s Ronald Bintang Setiawan, who finished third, caught Carasco’s attention like another Indonesian, Inge Prosteyo, who was after Mangrobang.
Raven Faith Alcoseba finished third in the women’s category.
“We should have Mangrobang and Casares more reliable backups, so Alcoseba and Remolino should take big steps,” Carrasco said.
The bow-wearing version, which will take place about a year from now, will also add aquathalon, which will make it three disciplines to play. Men’s, women’s and team events will be held in three disciplines of Cambodia, with a total of nine gold medals to be won.
Carasco thinks the Philippines has the tools to continue winning, but again dominating is another story.
“If we are to excel in triathlon, we must also have the equipment and talent for aquathlon,” said Carasco.
“I’m really looking forward to a tough competition next year and I’m looking forward to Cambodia with watchful optimism,” Carasco said.
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