The 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur featured 39 different sports with over 400 gold medals at stake. Each discipline no doubt presents its own unique challenges. Sports like billiards, archery and shooting require more concentration and accuracy; while wushu, gymnastics, ice skating and poomsae in taekwondo demand grace, poise and balance.
There are also those sports that are physically draining, those typically played or held under sun for long periods of time. As such, athletes in these disciplines tend to sweat more than most. In no particular order, we decided to list down the top five SEAG events that tend to work up an athlete’s sweat.
Marathon – This goes without saying. Although this event typically starts at dawn, the sun is already up by the time they near the finish line. Because of the demanding nature of the marathon, it’s not uncommon for some runners to register a DNF (did not finish). Running a distance of over 42K is one of the most challenging athletic tasks you can take. It’s so exhausting that runners are allowed to drink water during their run. The Philippines’ very own Mary Joy Tabal won the gold in the women’s marathon, finishing in two hours and 48 minutes.
Triathlon – Considered the ultimate test of endurance, a triathlon is a race involving swimming, cycling and running. This year’s SEA Games covered a 1.5K swim in open water, 40 kilometers of cycling, and a 10K run. Like the marathon, there are also water breaks for competitors. The Philippines swept both men’s and women’s events, with Nikko Huelgas winning the gold in the men’s division in just under two hours and Kim Mangrobang topping the women’s division in two hours 11 minutes.
Boxing – Our boxers were among the most productive delegations in the recent SEA Games, bringing home two gold medals courtesy of Eumir Marcial and John Marvin, a silver from Mario Fernandez, and two bronzes from Ian Clark Bautista and Charly Suarez. Boxing may not be held outdoors under the hot sun, but the constant movement around the ring is more than enough to drain your body of fluids and leave you drenched.
Tennis – A typical two-set tennis match last for around an hour. If the match goes to a third set, as it did in the men’s doubles gold medal match between the Philippines and Thailand, then it can stretch to close to 90 minutes. Tennis matches in the 29th SEA Games started off at 12 noon, so players had to deal with the heat from the sun. It was not uncommon to see some male players change their shirts during their matches. All that sweat released can make you do that. The men’s doubles tandem of Ruben Gonzales and Francis Casey Alcantara played their gold medal match against the Ratiwatana twins of Thailand in the middle of a hot afternoon in Kuala Lumpur, and by the time our boys ended their valiant run and settled for the silver medal, they had both changed shirts but were still dripping with sweat.
Basketball – Gilas, as expected, brought home the gold in KL. Anyone who’s played a full-court, full-length basketball game knows how tiring that can get. Players rehydrate several times during the game and their jerseys are soaked in sweat by the time the game is over.
These events and most other events in the SEA Games require proper water replenishment for top-notch performance and health.
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