CEBU CITY: Cebu’s duathlete Joland Olmilla is suiting up for his biggest race this year, the 2016 Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas World Series, which is set on December 3 to 4 at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.
Olmilla of Mandaue City, a member of the duathlon national team, finished third overall in the short distance category last year.
He said he wants to improve the ranking and go for the coveted first place finish next month.
“My training for the Powerman Duathlon is set for three months. I started my training right after the (Shimano) Duathlon Series,” said Olmilla.
“Hopefully, God will give me strength and guidance on race day so I can get first place,” he said.
The short distance race will cover a 5-kilometer run 1, 30K bike and 5K run 2.
Olmilla will be facing duathletes from different countries.
“Last year, there were participants from Japan, US, Spain, among others. I think they will be back for this year’s race, especially the defending champion from Spain,” said Olmilla.
The 22-year-old Olmilla will be racing with the rest of the members of the national squad, including Miscelle Gilbuena who hails from Bantayan Island, Cebu.
Gilbuena will suit up in the classic distance category, which covers 10K run 1, 60K bike and 10K run 2.
The event is a qualifier for the Powerman World Championships in Zofigen, Switzerland.