18 February 2013

Elite triathletes due for Subic event

A BIG field of more than 300 elite and age-group triathletes coming from 27 Asian countries will converge at the Subic Bay Freeport in late April to compete for honors in the K-Swiss Subic Bay ASTC Asian Triathlon Championships 2013.

Set on April 27-29, the event has attracted among others, 2012 SUBIT champion and London Olympian Bai Faquan (China), Yuichi Hosoda (Japan), Jiang Zhihang(China), Ryosuke Yamamoto (Japan), Harunobu Sato (Japan), Kim Ji Hwan (Korea), Shohruh Yunusov (Uzbekistan) and former ITU world champion Dimitriy Gaag (Kazakhstan).

Leading the women’s field are Asian No. 1 Zhang Yi, No. 2 Zhong Mengying and No. 3 Xin Lingxi of China, Tomoko Sakimoto, Yuko Takahashi, Hideko Kikuchi, and Kiyomi Niwata of Japan, Jang Yun Jung of South Korea, and Yekaterina Shatnaya of Kazakhstan.

The Under-23 and junior divisions of the event backed by K-Swiss, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Tourism Department, Standard Insurance, Century Tuna, Speedo, David’s Salon, Asian Centre for Insulation Philippines, Gatorade, Fitness First and the Philippine Sports Commission has also attracted a big field.

Leading the Philippine delegation is current national record holder and champion Nikko Huelgas who will compete in the elite category along with teammates John Chicano, Kim Mangrobang (U-23 Women), Mary Pauline Fornea, Kevin Eijansantos and Allen Santiago. Youth Olympic Games aspirants Magali Echauz, Vicky Deldeo, Kate Lagman, Jimuel Patillan, Justin Chiongbian and Louie Lalanto will see action in the 15-16 junior sprint competitions.

Registration is going on with entry fees pegged at P5,000 until Feb. 28 for the standard distance local participants and $200 (until Feb. 28) for foreign non-residents. For the sprint and mini-sprint distances, the entry fees for locals are P4,000 (until Feb. 28) and $150 for foreign non-residents.

Team relay entry fees (until Feb. 28) are P8,000 for 2-member teams and P12,000 for 3-member teams. Entry forms are available at Speedo Concept Stores and BikeKing.

Interested parties can contact the Triathlon Association of the Philippines through tel. nos. 399-6598, 710-8259, 0916-5046513 and 0915-6394233 or by sending an email tofabiedavid@yahoo.com. (Malaya)