ASTC Asian Paratriathlon Championships 2015
August 16, 2015 | Subic Bay Freeport, Olongapo City, Zambales
It was an inspiring triathlon for both participants and spectators right from gun start. Japan’s Keiichi Sato emerged victorious in the PT4 category of the ASTC Asian Paratriathlon Championships in Subic Bay, clocking in at 01:07:20 in the 750m swim-18K bike-5K run. Sato placed 4th in the World Paratriathlon Championships in Yokohama, Japan. Recuperating from a lackluster swim start, 47-year-old Sixto Ducay, who has a left arm impairment, claimed 2nd place with a time of 1:17:30. South Korea’s Seo Jeong-guk settled for bronze at 1:20:25. Andy Avellano and Arnel Aba, who both are leg-impaired, claimed silver and bronze in the PT2 category—allowing the Philippines to rise to second place in the international paratriathlon rankings.
This tournament organized by the Triathlon Association of the (TRAP) and sanctioned by the Asian Triathlon Confederation (ASTC), Asian Paralympic Committee, and Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled (PHILSPADA), saw Japan take the gold, having an overall lead against six other Asian neighbors, thanks to Sato’s stellar stint as well as those of his compatriots—Junpei Kimuna (PT1-1:11:25), Hikeki Uda (PT3-1:12:15), Ryu Nakazawa (PT5-1:14:24), and Atsuko Yamada (PT5-1:23:37). Hong Kong clinched silver, while Korea and Malaysia took bronze. Kyrgyzstan and Singapore were also represented in this event, which is also a qualifying race for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A sprint race for abled triathletes had John Chicano dominating the elite category.
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