24 April 2014

Elite triathletes join Subic international tilt

THE stage is set for a battle royale among elite triathletes from several countries seeking ITU and ASTC Asian Cup qualification points as the second day of action of the K-Swiss ITU Subic Bay International Triathlon commences at 5:45 a.m. This Sunday at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

Expected to strive hard for the Elite Male title are Japan’s Kohei Shimomura (ITU rank no. 142), Jordan’s Fanous Lawrence (ranked 156th) Hong Kong’s Perry Wong (ranked 180th), Korea’s 2012 Olympian Min Ho Heo and Azerbaijan’s Alexander Iatcenko.

Jonard Saim, who recently won the AboitizTRI2014 event a few weeks back, is the Philippines’ only bet among the elites.

In the distaff side of the event sponsored by K-Swiss, Century Tuna, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Tourism Department, Philippine Sports Commission and supported by Harbor Point, Ayala Malls, Canon, Traveler’s Hotel, Blackbeard’s Seafood Island, Asian Center for Insulation Philippines, Gatorade, SPEEDO, Standard Insurance, and Green Triathlon, Japan’s Hideko Kikuchi (ranked 97th) will be facing off with Macau’s Hoi Long (2010 Asian Games triathlon 4th placer) and her fellow compatriot Chika Sato (ranked121st).

All Standard Distance (1.5kilometer swim – 40 Km bike – 10 Km run) competitions, including the Under-23,age-groups and triathlon club will take place on Sunday.

The 1.5 Km swim is set off the NCT Junction with the first transition area located nearby. From there, the 40-Km bike will stretch out along Argonaut Highway and conclude at the second transition area located at Harbor Point Ayala Mall.

The redesigned 10-Km run this year will course through the central business district, with the finish line set at the grounds of Harbor Point Ayala Mall.

The K-Swiss ITU SUBIT is a five-in-one event, where elite triathletes can compete for ITU and Asian Cup points, while local triathletes can qualify for consideration in the National Pool as well as opportunities to represent the Philippines in future competitions overseas. (MST Sports)