outbrain
Close  

Reunion of dominant PH champions will have to wait

/ 04:01 AM March 23, 2020

Around this time last year, the Philippines was busy putting up the building blocks of its 2019 Southeast Asian Games domination in triathlon.

Out on the hilly course inside the former Subic Bay Naval Base, Filipino racers stamped their class on an international field.

ADVERTISEMENT

What came to be known as the “Three Kims and One John” ruled the men’s and women’s categories of the Subic Bay International Triathlon (SuBIT) Championships.

John Leerams Chicano and Kim Remolino captured the gold and silver medals, respectively in the men’s category, a feat duplicated in the women’s side by Kim Mangrobang and Kim Kilgroe who churned out a 1-2 finish of their own.

FEATURED STORIES

That set off a chain of events that culminated in yet another golden showing in the SEA Games and confirmed the country’s status as a regional heavyweight in the sport.

Because in the same exact order, the Filipino triathletes overran the podium in the biennial meet held at the same course later in the year.

Unfortunately, there won’t be a reunion of victors this year. At least not yet, after the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP) announced that it is moving the SuBIT 2020 from May 2-3 to Nov. 7-8.

“The uncertain and serious coronavirus situation compels TRAP to take this course of action,” the statement said.

Trap was actually heeding the call of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) to suspend all activities starting March 16 up until April 30.

As in other world sporting bodies, the COVID-19 pandemic also wrought havoc on the ITU calendar, including world rankings, Olympic qualification, Paratriathlon and Paralympics qualifications. INQ

ADVERTISEMENT
Subscribe to Inquirer Sports Newsletter
Read Next
EDITORS' PICK
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: 2019 Southeast Asian Games, Triathlon
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.