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30 October 2012

Top duathletes vie for Asian duathlon slots

MANILA - Over 100 top age-group duathletes from 19 countries vie for qualifying slots in the 2013 Elite Duathlon World Championships (World Games) in the Century Tuna ASTC Asian Duathlon Championships set Nov. 25 in Subic Bay.

Asian Triathlon Confederation (ASTC) members Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Chinese Taipei, Syria and Iran have confirmed participation in the event organized by the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP) with Malaysia set to field in 20 entries.

Duathletes from Brazil, Australia, Great Britain, France, Denmark, Germany, Russia, Canada and New Zealand have also joined the event.

As based on the rules of the International Triathlon Union (ITU), the top five male and female athletes of each ITU Continental Qualification Event will gain slots in the Elite Duathlon World Championships (World Games) set July 26-27 in Cali, Colombia. In total, 110 male and female duathletes will compete in the World Championships which was confirmed by the ASTC during its executive board meeting in Auckland, New Zealand recently.

The TRAP has also confirmed that more than 300 local participants have signed up for the event, sponsored by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Tourism Department, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Fitness First, Asian Centre for Insulation Philippines (ACIP), Standard Insurance and Gatorade. (The Philippine Star)

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