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Tabal rules marathon to deliver PH's first gold

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (UPDATED) - Mary Joy Tabal earned the Philippines' first gold medal of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games with a dominant performance in the women's marathon on Saturday at the Palace of Justice here.

Tabal set the pace right from the opening gun, and steadily built a huge lead over her pursuers.

Mary Joy Tabal wins the women's marathon for the country's first gold medal in the 2017 SEA Games. Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News
She pulled away completely as she headed into the third of five loops around the route, and eventually finished with a time of 2:48.26.

Tabal, a Rio Olympian, was well ahead of her pursuers, Vietnam's Hoang Thi Thanh (2:55.43) and Thailand's Natthaya T (2:58.17).

Author: Camille B. Naredo
Full Article: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/08/19/17/tabal-rules-marathon-to-deliver-phs-first-gold

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