MANILA, Philippines – It’s a double gold for the 21-year-old Trenten Beram.
A day after emerging as the 200 meter dash king, the UConn student from New York scooped up yet another gold medal for the Philippines after winning the men’s 400 meter dash event in the 29th Southeast Asian Games on Thursday, August 24 at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in KL Sports City, Malaysia.
Beram registered a time of 46.39 seconds to finish on top of the race, grabbing just a fraction of a lead over eventual silver medalist Phitchaya Sunthonthuam of Thailand who clocked in 46.46 seconds.
“I felt the cramps just an hour before the race,” Beram said. “We did a lot of massage and hydration because I really felt heavy entering the race.
“I knew I had to give my 100,000 percent to win. I just thank God that he gave me the strength to do it.”
Vietnam’s Quach Cong Lich meanwhile settled for bronze after listing a time of 46.48 seconds.
PH’s Edgardo Alejan, Jr., who likewise qualified in the 400m final, wound up at 7th place with an official time of 47.68 seconds.
With the feat, the Filipino-American trackster has given PH its 15th gold medal so far in the biennial contest. – with reports from pool report/Rappler.com