SIXTO Ducay overcame a poor swim to claim second place on Sunday in the competitive PT4 category in the ASTC Asian ParaTriathlon Championships 2015 that started and ended at the Sands of Triboa, Subic Bay Freeport.
Competing with a left arm impairment, the 47-year-old Ducay never lost his focus despite placing fifth out of six participants in the swim leg to spearhead Philippines' two-silver and a bronze medal performance in this race organized by the Triathlon Association of the Philippines and sanctioned by the Asian Triathlon Confederation (ASTC), Asian Paralympic Committee and Philspada.
Andy Avellano took the second silver medal over compatriot Arnal Aba in the PT2 in this event sponsored by Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Tourism Department, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), ASTC, Asian Centre for Insulation Philippines, Gatorade, SPEEDO, SM Cares, Canon and Standard Insurance.
Japan swept the gold medals in the six categories disputed at the in the 750-meter swim, 18-kilometer bike, 5k run event.
A total of seven countries saw action with Hong Kong bagging a silver, Korea and Malaysia taking home a bronze each. Kyrgyzstan and Singapore did not win a medal.
Leading the Japanese invasion was Yokohama World ParaTriathlon Championships fourth placer Keiichi Sato, who emerged as the fastest paratriathletes with one hour, seven minutes and 20 seconds in PT4.
Other winners were Junpei Kimuna in PT1 (1:11:25), Kenshiro Nakayama in PT2 (1:24:26), Hikeki Uda in PT3 (1:12:15) and Ryu Nakazawa in PT5 (1:14:24) in the male and Atsuko Yamada in female PT5 (1:23:37).
Ducay showed why he is the country’s brightest prospect for a seat in next year’s Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as he outperformed Abe Takaharu of Japan and Koreans Seo Jeong Guk and Lee Jun Ha for the silver medal.
“I had problems with my swim but I never lost my confidence and kept telling myself I can bounce back in the final two events,” said Ducay, who clocked 1:17:30. Seo, a national champion in Korea, settled for third place with 1:20:25 clocking.
“This performance is dedicated to PWA athletes and I hope they will continue to strive hard and pray that sponsors would also give us the much-needed support,” added Ducay.
Avellana timed 1:51:00 while Aba clocked 1:56:51 and both competitors who had leg impairments expressed satisfaction since this is their first time to break the two-hour limit.
A sprint race was also held for abled triathletes with John Chicano redeeming himself from past setbacks by topping the elite category.
Other winners in the men's bracket were Austine Morfe (16-19), Aiken Ainstay Ting (25-29), Jet Ramos (30-34), Pavel Artyushenko (35-39), Gilbert Canlas (40-44) and Ramon Marchan (50-&-Over) while female winners were Jeverleen Canlas (20-24), Valerie Anne Consunji (25-29), Lou Ramos(30-34), Chua Chin (35-39) and Jennifer Soto (40-&-0ver).