Filipino bets strike gold in Subic

FILIPINO para-triathletes Sixto Ducay and Andy Avellana struck  for  gold  in  their  respective  categories in yesterday morning’s  staging  of  the second Asian Para triathlon Championships held near  the All  Hands  beach inside  the Subic  Bay Freeport.

As part  of  the  two-day  K-Swiss ITU Subic Bay International Triathlon,  the event  attracted  11 entries  from  Japan,  which  dominated  the  other  categories, Malaysia and  Korea aside  from  host Philippines.

 Sorsogon native Ducay, 46 , exacted revenge  against  Malaysian Mohd Sabkibin Arifin in  the Tri 4  category to  take  the  gold,  clocking 1:17.9  in  the  750m swim-20K bike-5 K run race;

Arifin,  who  beat Ducay  last  year in  the  same  race, finished  in 1:18.12.

A minimal  cerebral  palsy  victim in  his  right  arm, Ducay  posted a  come-from-behind win.

“Buti  nakabawi  ako  sa  cycling  at running  legs. Masaya  ako  at  na  improve  ko time  ko  last year  kahit  kulang  sa  ensayo, “  said  Ducay,  also  a long  jumper  and  middle  distance  medalist in previous ParaGames.

The  other Filipino  winner, 38-year-old Andy Avellana, who  lost  his  left  leg due  to  a  bus  accident, had   the  easiest  time  as  he  had  no  opposition in  the Tri 2 category,  completing the   distance in 1:44.12.

“Malalakas ang  mga  kalaban  dito  at  kumpleto  sa  gamit, naibaba  ko  ang  time  ko ngayon  compared  last  year  kaya  masaya  ako,”  said Avellana  after  the  race  that was also  backed  by  Century Tuna, Standard Insurance, Gatorade, Phil. Sports Commission, Harbor Point Mall, SBMA, David’s Salon, Speedo  and  Asian  Center  for Insulation Philippines.

Toshio Furuhata,  a  52-year-old  visually impaired entry  from Japan, exerted  just enough  effort after  only a week’s  rest  from  a  longer triathlon  race. He led  Japan’s  charge as  he  took  line honors and ruled  the Tri 5  category  race, with  the  best  time  of 1:08.14,  followed  by  compatriot Nobuyuki Domon in 1:12.04,  and Korean Lee Jun Ha in 1 : 24. 10.

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