Abahan, Guarte cap PH sweep of SEA Games obstacle course racing

Delfin Dioquino
Abahan, Guarte cap PH sweep of SEA Games obstacle course racing
Sandi Abahan and Mervin Guarte rule the 5k x 20 obstacle category as the Philippines captures all 6 gold medals in the inaugural sport

MANILA, Philippines – Sandi Abahan and Mervin Guarte completed the Philippines’ sweep of obstacle course racing in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

The two lorded over the individual 5k x 20 obstacle category at the Filinvest City in Muntinlupa City on Friday, December 6, as the Philippines captured all 6 gold medals in the inaugural sport. 

Abahan clocked 33:30 minutes in the race that had 20 obstacles throughout a five-kilometer course for the gold medal in the women’s division.

She beat compatriot Glorien Merisco, who settled for silver with a time of 40:00.

It was also a 1-2 finish for the Philippines in the men’s side as Mervin Guarte recorded 25:31 for the top spot, while Mohammad Sherwin Managil finished the race less than a minute after with 26:16.

Laos’ Khamla Sorvimane (55:27) and Malaysia’s Mohd Saddam Mohd Pittli clinched the bronze medal in the women’s and men’s action, respectively.

Two days ago, the Philippines raked in 4 gold medals in obstacle course racing as Kevin Pascua set a new world record in the men’s 100m x 10 obstacle event. – Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.