Cramps got in the way of Christine Hallasgo’s title-retention bid in the women’s marathon as she settled for the silver medal in the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Hallasgo was still in contention for the gold until cramps slowed her down in the last 600 meters to finish with a time of 2 hours, 56 minutes and 0.70seconds.
The Bukidnon bet crossed the finish line one minute behind eventual champion Odekta Naibaho Elvina of Indonesia, who clocked 2:55.280. Vietnam’s Ngoc Hoa Hoang Thi took home the bronze with 2:57.350.
Overall, the Philippines went home with five gold, seven silver and 14 bronze medals.
The gold medals came from EJ Obiena (men’s pole vault, Clinton Bautista (men’s 110-meter hurdles), Eric Cray (men’s 400m hurdles), William Morrison (men’s shot put), and Kayla Richardson (women’s 100m).
It was half less than their gold-medal haul in the 2019 edition where they grabbed 11 gold medals.