MANILA, Philippines—Filipino-Spanish Fernando Jose Casares made a vivid image in his thoughts on how his race on the New Clark Metropolis will finish.
What the Southeast Asian Video games triathlon champion had envisioned didn’t veer away from actuality on Sunday after prevailing within the males’s elite dash of the Nationwide Duathlon Championship 2022 organized by the Triathlon Affiliation of the Philippines.
“I’ve been visualizing this race for the previous week, I even dreamt about it. However I didn’t anticipate a one hundred pc that I’m going to win,” stated Casares after topping the five-kilometer run, 20km bike, 2.5km run in a high-velocity end.
John Leerams Chicano, the 2019 SEA Video games triathlon gold medalist, really supplied a stiff competitors earlier than the 26-year-old Casares beat him on the line after clocking 58 minutes and three seconds.
Chicano checked in six seconds off Casares whereas Maynard Pecson claimed the bronze (58:13) earlier than back-to-back SEA Video games silver medalist Kim Remolino (58:29) and Raymund Torio (58:31) arrived to finish the nationwide group’s high 5 end.
With the race serving as pre-qualifier to the thirty second SEA Video games in Cambodia on Could 5-17 subsequent 12 months, Casares is trying forward for a double golden output in making an attempt to defend his triathlon title and seize the duathlon occasion as effectively.
“My plan is to win not just one, however two gold medals in triathlon and duathlon. I really feel assured particularly after this race,” stated Casares, whose greatest time in duathlon sprints is 55 minutes.
“My time can qualify for a gold medal. I nonetheless have a protracted strategy to go, however I’ll get there,” he added.
Casares, whose mom Marietta Ramos of Valenzuela Metropolis settled in Madrid earlier than he was born, will likely be up in opposition to a powerful opposition in reigning SEAG duathlon champion Pham Tien San of Vietnam and Rudi Febriade of Indonesia.
“I do know there’s gonna be a number of robust guys in Cambodia corresponding to Pham, the man who gained within the final SEA Video games. I have to beat him, I must be sooner in each runs,” stated Casares.
Raven Religion Alcoseba dominated the ladies’s elite dash in a single hour, six minutes and 32 seconds, defeating Singapore’s Louisa Middleditch (1:07:10) and Merry Pleasure Trupa (1:08:50) within the occasion supported by the Philippine Sports activities Fee, HOKA, Filinvest New Clark Metropolis, Customary Insurance coverage, Asian Centre for Insulation Philippines, Fissan and Fitbar as main sponsors.
Three-time SEA Video games triathlon champion Kim Mangrobang, additionally the present champion in SEAG girls’s duathlon, skipped the race the place a whole of 103 groups participated, together with overseas contingents from Australia, Brazil, France, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and the US..
“In Cambodia (SEA Video games), all occasions are sprints that’s why our elite athletes centered on the dash distance,” stated TRAP president Tom Carrasco. “Out of the seven occasions, we’ll be aiming for a minimum of 4 (gold medals).”
The Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh will host the SEA Video games with two occasions every (particular person women and men) in triathlon and duathlon and three occasions in aquathlon.
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