24 April 2012

Subic Bay triathlon lures foreign bets

OVER 40 elite male and female triathletes from Australia and 10 other countries will compete in the 19th edition of the K-SWISS ITU Subic Bay International Triathlon on May 5-6 at the Subic Bay Freeport where Olympic qualifying points are up for grabs.

Aside from Australia, other countries represented in the event presented by Century Tuna are China, Ireland, Jordan, Japan, Zimbabwe, Mexico, Chinese Taipei, Macau, New Zealand and Morocco.

Local triathletes, meanwhile, will face entries from Malaysia, Thailand and China.

In the Mini-Sprint 13-15 category, several competitors will vie for possible entry into the 2014 Youth Olympic Games triathlon event in Nanjing, China, among them Magali Echauz, Batang Pinoy 2011 champion Jessica Salazar, Sixto Lalanto, Jimuel Patilan, and Justin Chiongbian.

In the Junior Sprint 16-19 category of the event sponsored by K-SWISS, Century Tuna, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority and Speedo, Cebu’s Rochelle Tan and Davao’s Mary Pauline Fornea will clash for the female title while the male crown will be disputed by Allen Santiago, Marc Altura, Javier Ocampo and Kurt Cabanilla.

Nikko Huelgas will lead the national team in the elite category, along with teammates Jonard Saim, John Chicano and Kim Mangrobang. Saim, Chicano and Mangrobang are currently in a high-performance training camp in Brisbane, Australia under coach Dan Atkins. (Malaya)