SUBIC -- Monica Torres wasn't exactly in tip-top form before gun start. Ill and all, Torres persevered and emerged victorious nontheless.
Torres delivered another gold for the host country after topping the 30th Southeast Asian Games women's duathlon on Monday at the Subic Bay Boardwalk.
Torres, who suffered from an upset stomach before the run-bike-run race, clocked 2:08:44 to best her foes from the 11 participating nations in the biennial meet.
"I had a hard time. My body was not in a really good condition. I vommitted before the race," said Torres in Filipino.
Thai Pareeya Sonsem (2:11:18) and Vietnam's Tri Phuong Tring Nguyen (2:14:20) grabbed silver and bronze mints, respectively.
Meanwhile, Joey delos Reyes settled for silver in the men's category.
Delos Reyes and his Indonesian foe Jauhari Johan were running side by side in the final stretch of the race. About 600 meters away from the finish line, the former decided to slow down and grab a bottle of water, which spelled doom for Delos Reyes.
It was during those few ticks that the Indonesian Johan pulled away to cop the gold medal -- his first -- with a time of 1:52.51.
The 31-year-old Delos Reyes finished the race with a time of 1:53.04.
Frustration was written all over Delos Reyes' face upon completing the race. But the Filipino, who made the national team last summer, was happy nonetheless with the silver-medal finish.
"I was really thirsty. I tried to catch up but I decided conserved my energy," said Delos Reyes in Filipino.