30 March 2015

Elite bets coming for Subic race

FOREIGN triathletes seeking qualifying points for the ASTC Triathlon Asian Cup series and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics are set to figure in a battle royale in the 2-day 2015 Subic Bay ASTC Asian Triathlon Cup 2015 co-presented by Speedo on April 25-26 at the Subic Bay Freeport.

Eight elite entries from Japan, three from Macau and about 40 triathletes from Australia, Uzbekistan, Iran, Hong Kong, Syria, Chinese Taipei, Malaysia, Singapore and Canada are competing in the event.

Among the foreign pros to watch out for is Australian Kelly Perkins who is coming off an impressive performance in the Maloobala Oceania Cup last March 14. He will be challenged by triathletes from Japan and John Chicano, who will lead the Philippine team.

Outstanding Philippine age-grouper Kim Kilgroe and Zoe Bowden, Malaysia’s back-to-back 13-15 category champion, will make their debut in the elite ranks of the distaff side backed by Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Tourism Department, Philippine Sports Commission, Standard Insurance, and the Lighthouse Marina Resort, among others.

Under the mechanics of the event organized by the Triathlon Association of the Philippines in cooperation with the SBMA, Asian Triathlon Confederation and the International Triathlon Union, top local and international elite athletes will get ITU points for Asian and world rankings and qualification to major international competitions.

The elite junior (ages 16-19) competition will feature Briton Sam O’Shea and American Kyle Izzo who will be tested by Philippine athletes led by Edward Macalalad, Julius Constantino, Justin Chiongbian and Jimuel Patilan. (Malaya Business Insight)