ANGELES CITY - Robeno Javier regained supremacy in the Pilipinas Duathlon Series by defying the inclement weather to rule the third leg last July 12 at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.
Javier, runner-up in Leg II last May to Robinson Estevez of Sante Barley, finished in one hour, 43 minutes and 45 seconds to rule the 8km run-35km bike-4km run event that lured over 550 duathletes.
Completing the podium were national athletes John Leerams Chicano (1:44:12), fresh from his Tri United 2 victory last weekend, in second place and Jeric Buhian (1:45: 57).
“Masaya ako na nabawi ko yung elite championship for this leg and binakbak ko talaga yung bike leg para manalo," said Javier, who brought home a bronze medal from the 2014 Asian Beach Games in Phuket, Thailand.
The win came as a timely confidence boost for Javier ahead of two international competitions - the Port Dickson International Duathlon on August 2 in Malaysia and the Zofingen ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships in September in Switzerland.
“Ibibigay ko lahat nang aking makakaya para manalo at magbigay ng karangalan sa bansa," said the 32-year old Javier.
Mirasol Abad dominated the women’s elite category with a time of 2:07:38 followed by Joyette Jopson 50 seconds later. Third place went to Amanda Carpo (2:11:52).
Pilipinas Duathlon, the largest series of duathlon events in the Philippines, will cap its season with the last leg on September 20 in Balanga, Bataan. Previous legs were held on March 10 in Nuvali, Laguna and May 10 in Eagle Ridge Country Club, Cavite.
“The last leg is the longest distance in the series that will serve as a warm-up for duathletes who will take part of the Powerman Duathlon in the same venue on November,” said race director Thumbie Remigio of Adrenaline Multisports.