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Chicano, Pinoy duathletes sustain rise in world stage

June 20, 2024 Ed Andaya 395 views
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Torio, Ciron, Chicano

FILIPINO duathletes continued to make their presence felt in the big stage with Southeast Asian Games double gold medalist John Leerams Chicano leading the charge by winning the gold medal in the 2024 Powerman Malaysia duathlon race in Dataran Putrajaya.

Chicano, looking fit as a fiddle, submitted a time of 2 hours, 41 minutes and 48 seconds to edge compatriot John Patrick Ciron and last year’s champion Malo Moysan of France in the tough 10-kilometer run, 40km bike, 5km run endurance race.

Another Go for Gold-Philippines bet, Ciron, crossed the finish line with a time of 2:47:15 to complete a 1-2 finish for the Filipinos.

Moysan, who finished 12th in the World Powerman Long Distance Duathlon Championships last year and 16th in the 2024 European Triathlon Powerman Middle Distance Championships in Alsdorf, Germany last month, timed 2:47:34 for the bronze medal.

Another Filipino campaigner, Raymundo Torio, was fourth with 2:55.26.

In the Elite Women’s Division, Merry Joy Trupa took third place, while Sam Corpuz wound up in fourth place.

Trupa bagged the bronze medal after clocking 3:19:17 behind gold medalist Rendy Williams of the United States, who timed 3:09:34, and hometown bet Esther Joy Hong Li Chen, who finished with 3:13:35 for the silver medal.

Corpuz was four minutes back to a podium finish and came in fourth with 3:21:26.

Long-time Go for Gold triathlon coach Melvin Fausto lauded the Filipinos’ newest achievements.

“We have a lot of potential in duathlon, as our past records speak. Given the right support, training, and exposures, I think we can dominate Asia and possibly the world’s best,” said Fausto.

“We are preparing for 2025 Southeast Asia Games to be held in Thailand. We have local races for tune-up, and if budget will permit us we could train in overseas elite training camps,”added Fausto.

Fausto also thanked Go for Gold founder and sports patron Jeremy Go for his all-out support.

“Nagpapasalamat ako kay Mr. Go at sa Go for Gold kasi without their support lalo na sa mga equipment at hardware namin, siguro struggling pa rin ngayon ang ating mga triathletes. The support from the government and the Triathlon Pilipinas has always been there. Pero iba pa rin talaga pag may tulong mula sa private sector,” he said. With reports from Alona Cochon