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Triathletes glued on title defense

Ian Suyu



The national triathlon squad seeks to see action in a major international tourney in a bid to defend its title in the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Hanoi this November.

Triathlon Association of the Philippines president Tom Carrasco said they would hold a training camp in the country in the coming days before flying to Japan to see action in the Asian Triathlon Championships in April.

Save for Kim Mangrobang, who is training with noted Portuguese mentor Sergio Santos in Portugal, all of the country’s elite triathletes like SEA Games gold medalists John Chicano, Kim Kilgroe and Kim Remolino are in the country and eager to switch their training to higher gear.

“Our target is to put them in a training camp here before they compete in Japan. Then, they will see action in some local competitions here,” said Carrasco shortly after plotting their program for 2021.

Carrasco said they are also looking at the possibility of sending their athletes to Spain together with mixed relay champion Fernando Casares.

“If the situation in Europe improves, we are planning to send some of them to Madrid since Casares has his own squad there,” Carrasco said, noting that they are serious in asserting themselves as a triathlon powerhouse in the region.

“We are really concentrating on the developments of our top athletes. We really want to defend our title.”