Mangrobang's selfless act leads to golden finish
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 06, 2015 09:38 PM
I know Claire doesn't run that good so I know I have to help her. Kailangan ko syang palayuin para yung mga kalaban sa likod hindi na sya mahabol --- Kim Mangrobang
SINGAPORE -- She sacrificed her golden bid for a much greater goal.
Kim Mangrobang opted to stay away from the limelight that allowed her teammate, Claire Adorna, to clinch the country's first gold medal in women's triathlon event of the 28th Southeast Asian Games here.
The 23-year old Mangrobang crossed the finish line by a minute and 18 seconds behind Adorna, who registered two hours and 13.08 minutes to pocket the country's first gold medal in this 11-nation regional conclave.
Mangrobang had a chance to win it all, but she opted not to.
And she has one valid reason.
"I know Claire doesn't run that good so I know I have to help her. Kailangan ko syang palayuin para yung mga kalaban sa likod hindi na sya mahabol," said Mangrobang, who finished ninth in the Incheon Asian Games last year.
Mangrobang added that her main concern was to shut down Lin Zhiyun of Singapore -- a noted runner who can easily chew Adorna's lead when in full gear.
And with Mangrobang putting the clamps on Lin, the Singaporean struggled for form and collapsed at the final stretch, paving the way for a 1-2 finish for the Philippines.
Mangrobang was just smiling as the mediamen's cameras were clicking Adorna's way.
She was also happy.
After all, the silver medal on her neck also glitters like gold.