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Huelgas out to set bar high in Philippine triathlon

MANILA, Philippines — For triathlete Nikko Huelgas, the work is not done.
Even after snaring a gold medal in the recently concluded Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Huelgas insists that there is so much more to accomplish.

And aside for weathering the long, arduous road to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, the 26-year-old athlete yearns to improve the state of the sport in the country.

SEA Games gold medalist Nikko Huelgas during Chooks-to-Go's homecoming lunch on Thursday | Philstar.com Photo
"We are here to set the standards high talaga," Huelgas said during Chooks-to-Go's homecoming for him and Gilas Pilipinas in Ortigas on Thursday. "As the team captain, I vow and promise to make sure that that standard will never go below what we have achieved during nung SEA Games 2017."

"And I vow that this will only be the beginning," he stressed.

Huelgas, the reigning chair of the National Athlete's Commission, has long kept his nose on the grindstone. Before moving to a tougher challenge, he has proven that he is a winner. He won his first gold medal in the biennial meet 2015. Before that, he has long proven that he is the country's top triathlete, lording over his foes for three years ears as a national champion. In a way, he has become the standard.

Author: Denison Rey A. Dalupang, Philippine Star
Full Article: http://www.philstar.com/sports/2017/09/01/1734820/huelgas-out-set-bar-high-philippine-triathlon

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