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07 May 2012

Chinese, Japanese top Subic triathlon

ASIAN triathlon powerhouse countries China and Japan shared the limelight in last Saturday’s first day of action at the K-Swiss Subic International Triathlon.

China’s Bai Faquan and Japanese Kawashima Eri ruled their respective divisions on a hot and humid day inside the Subic Bay Freeport.

The 26-year-old Faquan, China’s top-ranked triathlete and no. 2 in Asia, shadowed the lead group in the 20K bike leg after finishing behind in the 1.5K swim at the Dungaree Beach. He was seventh man out of the bike transition area, but made his move in the final 10K run leg, taking the lead from Ireland’s Benjamin Shawn in the second loop and stepping up the pace at the halfway mark. His strategy left the field gasping in his wake en route to a solo finish with a time of 1:50.12.

“I was not sure about my chances because of the strong field, but I was aiming for the top three finish to earn ITU points to qualify for the London Olympics,” said Faquan, whose chance for the elusive Olympic slot was bolstered by his winning in Subic. Another win will practically guarantee him a slot to the Olympics, according to the interpreter, who got the information from the triathlete’s Chinese coach.

Finishing second in the race presented by Century Tuna and sponsored by Speedo, Gatorade, Fitness First, David’s Salon, Standard Insurance, Ayala Land, and Asian Centre for Insulation was 20-year-old Shaw, an Under-23 champion, with a time of 1:50.36.

Comebacking Australian Shane Barrie paid the price for a violation committed in the bike transition area as it cost him a 15- second penalty and he settled for third place with 1:52.09.

It was a different story altogether in the women’s elite division, which Kawashima Eri from Japan dominated. Second placer Grace Musgrove, 19, from New South Wales, Australia said Eri was simply too good. Musgrove clocked 2:08.17 to Kawashima’s 2:06.55. (Lito Cinco, Manila Standard Today)

Top seed China’s Bai Faquan lived up to his billing in the K-Swiss Subic International Triathlon as he came from behind to win the race. Here, Faquan finishes the initial 1.5K swim leg at the Dungaree beach.