PH athletes secure gold, silver medals in 2019 SEA Games men’s triathlon

  • John “Rambo” Chicano and Kim Remolino finished the game in the 2019 SEA Games triathlon, getting 1-2 in the men’s division
  • Same as the results in 2017 SEA Games, they were able to secure the gold and silver medals
  • Chicano finished the race with a new SEA games record of 1:53:26 while Remolino timed 1:55:01

John “Rambo” Chicano and Kim Remolino marked the 2019 Southeast Asian Games triathlon getiing 1-2 in the Men’s Division held at the Subic Bay Boardwalk last December 1.

Image from @_iancruz | Twitter

Chicano celebrated his first gold medal for the Philippines in the SEA Games.

He set a new record of 1 hour, 53 minutes, and 26 seconds in the Men’s Triathlon after coming second to his countryman Nikko Huelgas back in the 2017 SEA Games. During that time, Huelgas timed 1:59.30.

“Nadefend natin ang gold and silver para sa bansa. Nararapat lang kasi todo ang suporta sa atin,” said Chicano, in a report of ABS-CBN News. “Para sa inyong lahat ito. Maraming salamat,” he said.

Chicano’s former silver spot was taken by another Filipino athlete, Kim Remolino who ended the race with a record of 1 hour, 55 minutes, and 1 second.

“Siyempre sobrang saya ko kahit kakagaling lang sa junior (level), nakapasok sa SEA Games, tapos naka-silver pa,” said Remolino; referring to his victory.

Image via 2019 Sea Games | Official Facebook page

Chicano was working as a janitor prior to joining the elite triathlon. He trained under Coach Melvin Faustino who knew about his hard work and sacrifices before receiving a gold medal in the SEA Games.

“Hard work, training and full-time consistency ang pinag-uusapan natin,” Faustino proudly said.

“Ang hawak niya dati 1:56 tapos we’re aiming for 1:55 dito pero he did better. He got 1:53. Philippine and Southeast Asian record na ito,” he added.