22 November 2012

All Set For Asian Duathlon

Duathletes from Jordan, Syria and Iran are likely to crowd Continental powerhouse Japan for the elite honors in the Century Tuna ASTC Asian Duathlon Championships on Nov. 25 at Subic Bay Freeport.

Japan’s Yuya Fukaura and Morimichi Lihoshi, ranked Nos. 33 and 59, respectively, in the world, will be challenged by Jordan’s Isha bi Abedalaziz, Syria’s Samir Hajazi and Iran’s Mohammad Ashgari Khatooni for the men’s title.

Out to stop London Games veteran Ai Ueda of Japan in the distaff side are Iran’s Roghaye Sharifi and Zeinab Agha Hasan Nooshbadi and Singapore’s Zhiyun Lin.

Sharifi and Nooshabadi are Iran’s first elite female duathletes and their participation is a first in Asian duathlon history.

Mirasol Abad and Monica Torres, who was previously ranked No. 4 in the world, will spearhead the country’s campaign along with Augusto Benedicto and Javier Robeno.

Airman Ryan Mendoza topped the continent’s premier 10-kilometer run-40km bike-5km run grind in 2006.

Spicing the event sponsored by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Tourism Department, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Fitness First, Asian Center for Insulation Philippines (ACIP), Standard Insurance and Gatorade, are non-Asian duathletes vying for the limited qualifying slots staked for the 2013 Duathlon World Championships (World Games) in Colombia.

Brazil’s Andre Dos Santos (world number 46), Russia’s Sergey Yakovlev, the Netherlands’ Thomas Bruins and Great Britain’s Steve Lumley will see action in the international category. ( Manila Bulletin)