SINGAPORE, June 6 (Bernama) -- National woman triathlete, Irene Chong See Win was disappointed for missing a medal in the SEA Games after being beaten by a mere second by bronze medalist Arunsiri Sanruthai of Thailand who recorded a time of two hours, 22 minutes and eight seconds.
Irene who made her maiden appearance in the biennial games was satisfied with her performance after clocking her personal best of 2:22.09's at the East Coast Park, here Saturday.
The gold medal went to Adorna Ma. Claire of Philippines with 2:13.8's while her compatriot, Mangrobang Marion Kim took the silver (2:14:26's).
Irene, 26, said she tried her best to win but luck was not on her side today.
"I was third in cycling initially ahead of Mangrobang Marion Kim but a leg injury slowed me down in the run section," she told reporters here today.
The athlete from Seremban, Negeri Sembilan said she needed more international exposure to progress further in the sports.
"Without a sponsor, I had to pay for my trip here but it is not an excuse for me as I will continue to advance in triathlon," she said.
She said next week she would be leaving for Taiwan to take part in the Taiwan Triathlon Asian Championships from June 11 to 14.
"The championships is the first Asia standard event I will be participating," she said.