Chicano, Kilgroe Rule 2019 National Age Group Triathlon in Subic Bay, Philippines

The 2019 Philippine triathlon season has officially begun as Philippine national team mainstays John Chicano and Kim Kilgroe grabbed the elite titles in the National Age Triathlon series in Subic Bay.

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John Chicano, the 2017 Southeast Asian games silver medalist had to ward off the 21 year-old Filipino-Spanish Fer Casares to secure his first win of the season.   Chicano finished in 1:58:47, a 1 minute and 14 seconds margin of victory over Casares.   Casares, who is hoping to be included in the national team pool, had the day’s best bike split in the Olympic distance:  55 minutes and 59 seconds over the 40km bike leg.

Filipinos JC Abad and Andrew Remolino led the swim and came out of the water together at 20:36 followed 23 seconds later by Casares.   Chicano came out in 22:03.   Casares, Remolino and Abad rode together in the first lap of the bike leg, while Chicano rode hard trying to bit off an early deficit.   By the end of the 3rd lap, Chicano has pulled up with the leader Caseres and reached T2 together.

Going out of T2 and into the run, Chicano set the hard-charging run pace with Caseres trying to keep up.  By the 3rd lap, Chicano had dropped the Fil-Spaniard, cruising in the last lap alone and timing the day’s best run of 36:04.  Remolino finished in 2:02:12 to complete podium.

Kim Kilgroe had a wire-to wire win in the women’s elite race, settings all the women’s best split of 22:05 (swim), 1:04:46 (bike) and 44:03 for the run.   The domination led to 10:59 second margin over runner-up Alexandra Ganzon who finished in 2:25:56.

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The event was joined in by over 700 triathletes, with the Olympic distances garnering the most participants.   NAGT also has a super sprint and sprint categories.

Age Group Champions in the Olympic Distance were Kris Dinglasan and Victorija Deldio (19-24), Heinrich Gasacao and Bernadette Aguirre (25-29), Jhon Quinones and Mary Jane Baluyot (30-34), Ronald Molit and Ines Santiago (35-39), Jualyn Asugbog and Mary Grace Ollindo (40-44), Abe Tayag and Vanj Endaya (45-49), Celma Hitalia (Female 50-above), Neil Ong (50-54), Dean Recupero (55-59) and Roman Totanes (60-above).

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