27 April 2015

Young Pinoy triathletes shine in Subic

Brent Velalo led a 1-2-3 finish in the male 13 to 15 years old even as their female counterparts took two more medals on the day of the young triathletes who gave host Philippines a good start in the 2015 ASTC Asian Triathlon Cup yesterday at the Malawaan Park inside Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

Hong Kong triathletes also made their presence felt by sweeping the male and female Junior Elite titles in this event organized by Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP) in cooperation with Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and sanctioned by the Asian Triathlon Confederation (ASTC) and International Triathlon Union (ITU).

Valelo, 14, negotiated the 400m swim, 12km swim and 3km mini-sprint distance in 46 minutes flat as he defeated compatriots Fredric Albert “Yuan” Chiongbian (46:12) and Bambam Manglicmot (47:10) for the gold medal.

A total of 20 triathletes saw action in the male division that included two Malaysians, and Valelo’s victory over Chiongbian ended strings of defeats he suffered to the Cebuano triathlete.

Chiongbian first two wins came in the 2013 Subic Bay-Asian Triathlon Championship and in last year’s Batang Pinoy Finals.

“I’m happy because I was really determined to get back at him. I did very well from start to finish although I really need to put more effort in the swim,” said Valelo who won despite finishing sixth in the swim leg.

He made his move in the bike race as he and Chiongbian formed the lead pack heading into the run leg. Velalo however had more gas left in his tank as he slowly pulled away in the final kilometer for a solo finish.

Batang Pinoy champion Nicole Eijansantos (50:09) and Sam McInnes (51:39) settled for the silver and bronze medals in the girls division that was ruled by Bailee Brianna Brown from Hong Kong (48:52).

Yu Hang Kok, meanwhile, won his first gold medal after three trips in the country as he joined Camden Ritcher who successfully retained her title in the Junior Elite in this event.

The race set at the sprint distance (750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run) and Yu timed at 56:54 to edged compatriots Michael Lam (56:55) and
Oscar Coggins (57:49).

Richter clocked at 1:05:38 to win over teammate Cheuk Yi Hung (1:06:55) and Yu Yan Huang from Chinese Taipei (1:07:27).

Edward Jared Macalalad and YOG representative Vicky Deldio emerged the best placed local triathletes in this category with a fifth and fourth place . (The Daily Tribune)