CEBU CITY, Philippines – For Cebuano triathlete Andrew Kim Remolino of the Talisay Luigi Triathlon Group (TLTG) – Go For Gold, his silver medal at the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Hanoi, Au Vietnam, is “very special”.
The 22-year-old triathlete from Talisay City Cebu replicated his 2019 SEA Games debut in Manila with another silver medal by finishing second in the men’s triathlon with a time of 1 hour, 59 minutes and 16 seconds.
His teammate Fernando Casares won the gold medal.
The SEA Games triathlon event included a 1.5 kilometer swim, 40 km bike and 10 km run.
So why does Remolino cherish its silver finish?
“It’s very special, I guess, because it just goes to show that even with all these challenges, we still managed to produce a very satisfying achievement,” said Remolino, who also placed second behind Pinoy bet Nikko Huelgas. in 2019.
“It was quite overwhelming because even though I got the same medal as the first time in 2019, it was definitely a different experience. It’s like a new experience and a very satisfying experience for me,” a- he added.
Remolino was the only one of the 2019 batch to compete this year.
His father, Roland Remolino, in a previous interview with CDN Digital, recounts the challenges and hardships they faced before SEA Games.
The elder Remolino said the Covid-19 pandemic, Typhoon Odette, and the postponement of the SEA Games have affected their preparation.
Ahead of the SEA Games, Remolino and his triathletes had to be resourceful in formulating training programs to accommodate the health and safety protocols brought by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Then the SEA Games were postponed from December 2021 to May this year, which also affected their training.
Things got tougher for Remolino and his triathletes when Typhoon Odette tore through the Visayas and Mindanao regions before the end of the year.
“It was really fun and difficult because there were a lot of unexpected events and surprisingly strong athletes, especially the one from Vietnam who was a very good swimmer where he left us during the swim. He had two minutes ahead of us, but luckily Fer (Casares) and I were able to help each other out and catch up,” Kim said.
When it comes to his performance, Remolino said he needs to save some power and plans to do more racing simulation to further improve his times in future races.
Remolino added that he was supposed to start training just for the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, after the SEA Games, but the former was postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak there.
He revealed that despite the postponement of the Asian Games, he will join other local and international races in the coming months.
Triathlete Remolino looks back on challenges on his way to Vietnam SEAG
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