MANILA, Philippines - Making the trip to Philippines to compete in the 2015 ASTC Asian Triathlon Cup Elite division will be an unforgettable experience for 20-year-old Tyler Mislawchuk.
A resident of Manitoba in Canada, Mislawchuk shrugged off stomach cramps to record his first ever career win in triathlon even as Japanese lady triathlete Chika Sato retained her title at the culmination yesterday of the two-day event co-presented by Speedo and the Philippine Sports Commission.
“This is my first win in an ITU-sanctioned event. I was with the 12-man pack in the bike and had a great run,” said Mislawchuk who negotiated the 1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run in one hour, 47 minutes, 56 seconds.
A total of 39 male and 14 female elite triathletes competed in the race that started at the Malawaan Park and ended at Harbor Point.
Second placer was Daniel Coleman of Australia in 1:48:16 while compatriot Alexis Lepage was third in 1:48:48.
Sponsored by New Balance, Standard Insurance, Gatorade, Century Tuna, Harbor Point, Ayala Malls, Asian Center for Insulation and Subic Traveler’s Hotel, the event, organized by Triathlon Association of the Philippines in cooperation with SBMA, is sanctioned by the Asian Triathlon Confederation (ASTC) and International Triathlon Union (ITU).
Sato retained her title in 2:04:24, beating fellow Japanese Hideko Kikuchi (2:04:45) and Laura Dennis (2:04:55).
“I was in the second pack after the swim and the bike but I run strong,” said the 29-year old, 10-year triathlete, who now has three victories since 2007.
Local bets John Chicano (19th) and Kim Kilgroe (11th) represented the country in this race supported by 2GO Express, East West Building Technology, Inc., Resorts World Manila, Camayan Resort, Ocean Adventure, The Lighthouse Marina Resort, Seafood Island, OGIO, Omega Pro and Jest Camp. Other backers were RaceDay, SBR.ph, Multisport, SPS TV, Kikay Runner, Travelife and PinoyFitness.com.
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