MAKING the trip to Philippines to compete in the 2015 Asian Triathlon Cup Elite division on Sunday will be an unforgettable experience for 20-year-old Tyler Mislawchuk.
A resident of Manitoba in Canada, Mislawchuk withstood stomach cramps to record his first ever career win in triathlon even as Japanese lady triathlete Chika Sato successfully defended her title.
“This is my first win in an ITU-sanctioned event. The race was good, I was with the 12-man pack in the bike and had a great run,” said Mislawchuk who negotiated the 1.5-kilometer swim, 40k bike and 10k run in one hour and 47 minutes and 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 and Mislawchuk’s won by 20 seconds over Daniel Coleman of Australia (1:48:16) while compatriot Alexis Lepage took the bronze in 1:48:48.
Sato, on the other hand, displayed her superiority in running to retain her female title with 2:04:24 time.
Another Japanese entry in Hideko Kikuchi took the silver (2:04:45) while Laura Dennis claimed the bronze with 2:04:55.
Local bets John Chicano and Kim Kilgroe represented the country Chicano clocking at 1:55:37 for 19th place and Filipino-American Kilgroe checked in at 2:18:59 for 11th place finish.
Top three finishers in the Elite received cash prizes and ITU points that they can use for a possible seat to the 2016 Rio Olympics.