ASIAN GAMES: Philippines ends campaign with sixth place finish in mixed triathlon

ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 02, 2018 03:42 PM
Philippines ends up in sixth place in Asiad mixed triathlon
Teaming up for the first time in a major event, the Philippine quartet composed of Claire Adorna, John Chicano, Kim Manrobang and Asian Games newcomer Mark Anthony Hosana logged a total time of one hour, 39 minutes and .08 seconds in the 300-meter swim, 6.3-km. bike and 2.1-km run to finish sixth out of 13 countries that saw action in the event.

PALEMBANG — The Philippines capped its campaign in the 18th Asian Games by finishing sixth in mixed relay of triathlon that ended in front of  the Jakabaring Sport City Shooting Range on a sunny Sunday morning.

Teaming up for the first time in a major event, the Philippine quartet composed of Claire Adorna, John Chicano, Kim Manrobang and Asian Games newcomer Mark Anthony Hosana logged a total time of one hour, 39 minutes and .08 seconds in the 300-meter swim, 6.3-km. bike and 2.1-km run to finish sixth out of 13 countries that saw action in the event.

Fresh from a one-month training in Johore Bahru in Malaysia, the squad matched the sixth-place finish of the country with the team composed of Adorna, Niko Huelgas, Mangrobang and Chicano  in the 2014 Incheon Games.

The Filipinos finished eight minutes and 29 seconds behind gold medalist Japan (1:30.39), which swept all three golds at stake in the sport, with Korea (1:32.21) and surprising Hong Kong (1:33.04) bagging the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

“Claire is our strongest swimmers while Kim and John are our strongest links in the relay so we placed them in the middle,” said national men’s coach Melvin Fausto of the team’s strategy. “Those two athletes served as the bridge so hindi masyadong makalayo ang kalaban.”

The battle for top honors was intense because the Asian Games served as an Olympic qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games where the mixed relay will be a medal sport for the first time in the sportsfest, explained national women’s coach Ani Deleon Brown.

With Japan assured of a slot as the host, the other two will go to the silver and bronze medalist in the mixed relay “kaya patay kung patay kung lumabang ang mga strong teams dito,” noted Brown.

Assessing the overall performance of the triathlon squad, Triathlon Association of the Philippines president Tom Carrasco said “we need more training overseas and competition to bring ourselves  closer  Asian level of Japan, Korea and China.

“This is why we sent Kim to train in Portugal while the other team members are now training in Johore Bahru.”

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