Missing nutrition gel cost Philippines 1-2 finish in men's triathlon

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 07, 2015 06:47 PM
Missing gel cost Philippines 1-2 finish in men's triathlon
"Nahulog yung nutrition gel nya sa bike. So nung kailangan na nya mag-intake, wala na. Sunog na sya." --- Philippine triathlon coach George Vilog

SINGAPORE -- A missing nutrition gel cost the Philippines another impressive gold-silver medal finish in the triathlon competition of the 28th Southeast Asian Games early Sunday at the East Coast Park in this rainy city.

Triathlon coach George Vilog said Filipino Jonard Saim dropped his nutrition gel in the bike leg, prompting him to get burned out in the run leg that cost the country a chance to duplicate the impressive 1-2 finish earlier tallied by the women's squad of Claire Adorna and Kim Mangrobang.

Nikko Huelgas claimed the gold medal with a time of two hours, 34 minutes and 32 seconds, 1:03 ahead of Rikogoro Shinozuka of Malaysia, who took the silver medal after crossing the finish line in 2:05.35.

Rong Loo Chuan of Singapore clinched the bronze medal with a clocking of 2:07.01.

Saim, for his part, finished sixth with a time of 2:10.18 -- no thanks to a missing nutrition gel.

A nutrition gel is a food contingent that supplies energy to an athlete. Those competing in endurance sports like cycling, marathon and triathlon need to take this in order to survive the long grind.

"Nahulog yung nutrition gel nya sa bike. So nung kailangan na nya mag-intake, wala na. Sunog na sya," said Vilog, a silver medalist in the 2007 SEA Games in Korat, Thailand.

Vilog said their strategy was just to hang on the swim and bike legs before pushing it hard in the run leg knowing that both Huelgas and Saim are superb runners.

And finishing first and second was part of their game plan, similar to what they did when Adorna and Mangrobang claimed the gold and silver medal in the women's division.

"The plan was tulungan sa swim, tulungan sa bike pero pagdating sa run, wala munang pansinan," he said. "Pero nadisgrasya yung nutrition gel ni Jonard kaya nasunog na sya sa run (leg). Wala na tayong magagawa dun. Malas eh."

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