Sunday, November 22, 2009

TRAP 4th quarter program for year 2009 2009 Subic Bay ASTC Asian Duathlon Championship

Even at the close of the year 2009, Filipino triathletes faced a busy schedule. The last three months of 2009 was spiced up by 3 international competitions and 4 local races, with the Philippines’ hosting of the Asian Duathlon Championship (ADC) last November 15, 2009 as the culminating highlight of the season.

Asian Duathlon Championship

ADC 2009 featured a new run course at the Subic Bay Gateway Park and a new event venue at the Subic Bay Exhibition & Convention Center (SBECC).

Formerly the Philippine International Duathlon Open, the Asian Duathlon Championships crowned the best duathletes of the continent.

A total of 15 countries competed in the elite (10K run, 40K bike and 5K run), sprint (5K run, 23.5K bike and 2.5K run) and youth mini-sprint (2.5K run and 12.2K bike and 2.5K run) categories.

The competition also served as a try-out for the Philippine Duathlon Team. The top Filipino finishers in the Age Group and Junior competitions were considered for inclusion in the Philippine Team.

The race, which started at 6:00 am, awarded a total prize money of USD $ 5,000 to the winners at 10:00am of the same day.
Medal and Cash Prize for Top 5 Overall – Standard Distance, Open, Male & Female
Champion – USD$1,000; 2nd – USD$750; 3rd – USD$500; 4th – USD$300; 5th – USD$200

If there are less than 5 countries participating in a category:
Champion – USD$500; 2nd – USD$300; 3rd – USD$200

Medal and Cash Prize for Top 3 – Standard Distance, Under 23, Male & Female
Champion – P7,000; 2nd – P5,000;3rd – P3,000

Medal and Cash Prize for Top 3 – Junior Sprint, Male & Female
Champion – P5,000; 2nd – P3,000; 3rd – P2,000

For Male & Female Elite: Best Run 1 Split- P1,500; Best Bike Split- P1,500; Best Run 2 Split- P1,500
- Medal for Top 3 Asian Finishers in the Men & Women Elite
- Medal for all the Top 3 Finishers in the Age Group & Youth Competition
- Medal for Top 5 Finishers in the Adult Sprint race
- Medal for Eldest Male & Female Standard Distance Finisher
- Finishers T-shirt
Asian triathlon powerhouse Japan captured both the men’s and women’s elite championships.

Yuya Fukaura, Japan’s top ranked duathlete and No. 10 on the International Triathlon Union (ITU) ranking, emerged the men’s Asian champion despite finishing fourth behind the trio of top overall finishers but all non-Asians Damien Derobert from France, Australian Raohael Baugh, and world No. 1 Sergey Yakovlev from Russia. Fukaura clocked 1:51.35, a few minutes behind Derobert’s 1:49.24 and Baugh’s 1:49.36.

The best local finisher in the division was Cagayan de Oro’s Neil Catiil, last year’s Philippine International Duathlon champion in Clark, Pampanga, who wound up fifth overall in 1:53.03. However, it was enough to catapult Catiil to second place behind Fukaura in the Asian championship with another Filipino, August Benedicto, finishing third in 1:55.46 and sixth overall.

Airi Sawada completed Japan’s sweep of the event as she topped the distaff side. She finish second overall to Czech Radka Vodickova, who clocked 2:04.44 to Sawada’s 2:05.39.

National duathlon champion Monica Torres finished third overall in 2:08.10 and took second place in the Asian championship behind Sawada. Lea Coline Langit, the country’s top triathlete, clocked 2:09.22 to finish third in the Asian level.

Japan added the elite under-23 title to its collection with Masaaki Kurihara winning the category in 1:51.17 and matched by Hong Kong’s Joyce Cheung Ting Yan, clocking 2:13:47 to win in the distaff side.

Other Filipino athletes who participated in the event included Kim Mangrobang, Robeno Javier, Rowel Odonio and Mirasol Abad.

The race officials for ADC were David Hoong (Technical Delegate) and Daniel Sng (Race Referee).

The ADC was organized by TRAP and done in partnership with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority and Philippine Sports Commission. It was officiated by International Technical Officials under the supervision of ITU/ASTC.

ADC was sponsored by Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Rudy Project, Fitness First, David’s Salon, Gatorade, Sunkist, Vitwater, Globe Telecom, Asian Center for Insulation Phils. and the Philippine Sports Commission. Official media partners were DZSR Sports Radio 918 Khz, Channel 4’s TeleDyaryo Program, Solar Sports, other television channels, all major newspapers, tabloids and sports magazines, The Radio Partners, Inc., JAM 88dot3, WAVE 89dot1, MAGIC 89dot9, 99dot5 RT, MAX FM 103dot5.

Asian Aquathlon Championship-Invitational Triathlon

Lea Coline Langit reaped the fruit of her hard work as she won a gold and a bronze medal in the 2009 Asian Aquathlon Championship-Invitational Triathlon held in Palembang, Indonesia last October 10-11, 2009.

Langit, who was sent by TRAP for training in Australia and Korea the past months, won her first international tournament this year as she emerged champion in the Asian Aquathlon. She negotiated the 1-kilometer swim and 2.5-k run in 25 minutes and 31 seconds on splits of 15:16 in the swim and 10:07 in the run leg. She defeated Australia's Regina Wright with 26:22 and Singapore's Li Ying with 26:31 for the Asian title.

Langit was supported by Philippine Sports Commission and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA). She completed a fruitful stint in the tournament organized by the Indonesia Triathlon Association as she also bagged the bronze in the international triathlon event held Sunday.

She negotiated the 1.5-k swim, 40-k bike and 10-k run event in two hours, 16 minutes and 4 seconds which was two minutes behind the two Russian opponents for the first and second placings.

Other events

Aside from the ADC and Asian Aquathlon Championship-Invitational Triathlon, other completed local races during the quarter included the following, the results of which can be viewed at

29 November 2009 - 2nd Anvaya Cove Invitational Triathlon 2009
22 November 2009 - Davao Mayor's Cup
18 October 2009 - Speedo NAGT Series - 4th Leg

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