JAPANESE athletes dominated the Mt. Mayon ASTC Triathlon Asian Cup in Legazpi City, with the Philippines’ Claire Adorna and Kim Kilgroe finishing eighth and ninth, respectively, in the women’s race on Sunday.
Jumpei Furuya, Japan’s top triathlete, finished the 1.5-kilometer swim-40K bike-10K run course in one hour, 49 minutes and 11 seconds.
Hong Kong's Oscar Coggins was second in 1:49.54, with Japanese athletes taking the next six places.
Ren Sato bagged the bronze in 1:50.23.
National champion John Chicano finished in 2:01.00, Mark Hosana was 22nd in 2:05.46, while Nikko Huelgas dropped out after a tire puncture.
Rio Olympian Yurie Kato of Japan won the women’s race in 2:05.22, followed by Long Hoi of Macau in 2:06.11, while another Japanese bet Nina Kishimoto took third place in 2:06.42.
Adorna was eighth in 2:11.18, just two seconds ahead of Kilgroe.
"This was a test case for us to validate our fielding of entries in the Asian Games, and we will go with Kim Mangrobang and Kim Kilgroe in the individual division and with Chicano and Huelgas in the men's side in Indonesia, Mark and Claire will run the relay plus either of the two Kims, " said Tomas Carrasco Jr., president of the Triathlon Association of the Philippines.