TEAM Philippines, made up of student-athletes from Ormoc City, swept all three gold medals at stake on the first day of the 30th Southeast Asian Games modern pentathlon test event at the Subic Boardwalk yesterday.
Princess Abilon, 17, claimed two gold medals as Team Philippines bested participants from Thailand. She topped the women’s individual race and helped the two-member mixed relay squad to first place.
“I just stayed focused,” said Abilon, a student at the Ormoc City Regional Sports Academy.
Abilon finished the women’s individual course in 12 minutes and 3.9 seconds. She bested Ivy Dino, who settled for the silver medal in 13:11.87, followed in third by Shira Mae Aranzado, 13:17.35.
With teammate Samuel German, they ruled the mixed relay in 10:39.85, with the duo of Dinoy and Michael Comaling placing second in 11:07.66.
Comaling, 19, who is in his second international stint, topped the men’s individual event to finish with a gold and silver.
Comaling clocked 10:11.59, some 27 minutes ahead of second place Alne Tonada.