The first gold medal was won by Mary Joy Tabal by finishing at 2:48:26 last 19 August 2017 in the marathon event of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She was a Cebuana marathoner who had several issues before she was finally allowed to participate in the 29th SEA Games. She was only allowed when she agreed that she will bring Rene Herrera as her official coach and her long-time coach, John Philip Dueñas. She already bettered her 2015 SEA games silver medal record of 3:04:39 and her 2016 Olympics personal record (PR) of 3:02:27 in Rio de Janeiro. She still has to be her personal best record of 2:43:31 at the Ottawa Marathon in 2016 which was her qualifying record for the 2016 Olympics games held in Rio de Janeiro.
It was unfortunate for her fellow runner, Jeson Oyco Agravante to have suffered cramps during the men’s marathon event enabling him to unsuccessfully not finish the event.
For the second and third gold medals, it was triathletes Nikko Huelgas and Kim Mangrobang, who won it both for the men’s and women’s triathlon event of the 2017 SEA Games. They won at the Water Sports Complex in Putrajaya, Malaysia last 21 August 2017.
Nikko Huelgas won with a personal record of 1:59:30 complementing his record when he won in the same event of the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore. On the other hand, his fellow triathlete, John Chicano was able to capture the silver medal adding a boost in the triathlon record of the Philippines.
It was also the same matter in the distaff of the triathlon event. Kim Mangrobang who was the silver medallist in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore, bagged the gold medal. Her fellow triathlete, Claire Adorna, was able to win the silver medal for the women’s triathlon event.