Javier and Abad stamp class in National Duathlon Championships in Subic

Dec 3, 2013
Robeno Javier reclaimed the title of fastest duathlete in the country with a time of 1:54:48 at the 2013 Philippine National Duathlon Champiionship in Subic Bay, Zambales.    Photo from the Facebook page of Robeno Javier

ROBENO Javier reclaimed his billing as the country's top male duathlete while Mirasol Abad extended her reign to four years on the distaff side as they ruled the 2013 National Duathlon Championships on Sunday at the Remy Field, Subic Bay Freeport.

Javier rode on the fast pace put on by national triathlete John Chicano in the 10-K run and 40 bike before pushing himself hard in the 5-K run to submit the fastest time of 1:54:48 in the event sponsored by the Subic Bay Mertropolitan Authority (SBMA) Tourism Department, Standard Insurance, Asian Centre for Insulation Philippines, Inc, Gatorade, David’s Salon, Fitness First, Lifestyle Subic Bay and Green Triathlon.

Former Asian Duathlon Champion and last year’s top ADC Filipino finisher Ryan Mendoza rallied from third place after the first run to eventually finish at second with 1:55:22 time while a cramping Chicano settled for the bronze medal (1:55:57).

“Sinandalan ko talaga si Chicano sa bike pero pagpasok sa last run ay lumayo na ako. Ang plano ko ay patuloy na magsikap sa training para sa mga malalaking karera next year,” said Javier.

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Abad was simply awesome in her field as she led by a mile after the 10-K run to anchor her 2:21:49 time. The only problem she encountered was when she missed the turnaround point in the bike but that hardly made a dent on her performance as Mary Pauline Fornea was still more than three minutes off the winning time (2:23:56). Third place went to Rowena Valdez with 2:36:51 time.

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Sharing the spotlight with the elites were Jeric Buhian and Cebuano duathletes Justin Chiongbian and Shaia Ruth Uy who dominated the Junior Sprint and Mini-sprint categories in the race organized by the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP) in cooperation with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Department of Tourism.

The 16-year old Buhian meanwhile erased bitter memories of last year’s Asian Duathlon Championships held at the said venue as he clocked an impressive one hour, two minutes and 26.08 seconds the 5-K run, 20-K bike and 2.5-K distance.

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“Nagkaroon ako ng infraction sa helmet sa bike transition at na-disqualified ako. Leading the ako noon kaya ang goal ko po talaga ay manalo rito,” said Buhian, a developmental pool member, who defeated Edward Jared Macalalad (1:03:30) and Jarwyn Banatao (1:05:40).

Chiongbian retained his title in the boy’s mini-sprint (40:16.06) while 14-year old Uy won her first duathlon race in 46:13.83. The good performance of the young duathletes boosted TRAPs plan to put more young athletes in the pool next year.

“We will be reviewing the performances of our national duathletes because we plan to revamp the squad next year with emphasis on youth and discipline,” said TRAP head Tom Carrasco Jr.

Competition were also done in the different age groups with Raven Archer (18-19), Carlo Maniebo (20-24), Christopher Iblan (25-29), Francis Carlo Serrano (30-34), Dejan Glavnik (35-39), Raul Gaerlan (40-44), Jamie Leather (45-49), Arsenio Malibiran (50-54), Josef Gueta (55-59) and Killy Kunimoto (60-over) emerging as the other champions in the male side while Humma Saeed (20-29), Josette Tanghal (30-39) and Lyka Leather (40-over) dominated the female age groups.

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Robeno Javier reclaimed the title of fastest duathlete in the country with a time of 1:54:48 at the 2013 Philippine National Duathlon Champiionship in Subic Bay, Zambales.    Photo from the Facebook page of Robeno Javier
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