HONG KONG’S Oscar Coggins, braving the searing hot weather, topped the men’s side of the 2019 NTT ASTC Subic Bay International Triathlon (SuBIT) Asian Cup on Sunday at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
Coggins clocked one hour, 49 minutes and 20 seconds as he repulsed the challenge posed by Japanese team backstopped by Jumpei Furuya who eventually settled for second place in 1:49.30.
Takumi Hojo, also of Japan, placed 3rd (1:49.45). Rounding out the top 5 finishers were Shiruba Taniguchi (Japan), fourth, 1:50.11; and Yuichi Hosoda (Japan), fifth, 1:50.36.
Defending champion Mengying Zhong led from start to finish to keep the women’s title in 2:04.17, with the Japanese again relegated to runner up finishes.
Aoi Kuranoto was at far second in 2:04.41, followed by Yurie Kato who negotiated the 1.4K swim-40K bike-10K distance race in 2:05.32.
HK’s Yan Yin Hilda Choi took 4th place in 2:05.37 while Macau entry Long Hoi took the fifth place (2:05.57).
“I like the hot weather, I have been training in Australia the past two months, but I really did not ease up until the finish line,” said Coggins.
A 19-year old Cebuano, Andrew Remolino, upstaged his older and more experienced national team mates with his 17th place finish in 1:54.49.
With his finish in the the race supported by the POC, the PSC, SBMA and its Tourism Department, Standard Insurance, Asian Centre for Insulation Philippines (ACIP), NTT, ACEA Beach Resort & Hotel and Pocari Sweat, Remolino has positioned himself as a contender for a slot in the forthcoming SEA Games.