SEA Games silver medalist John Leerams Chicano sets out for another crack at the Asian Elite crown and to further sharpen up for the coming biennial games when he goes for back-to-back feats in the Black Arrow Express 5150 this Sunday, Oct. 27, at Subic Bay.
Chicano dominated his side in last year’s inaugurals of the BAE triathlon and finished a strong third overall, making him the marked man in the event serving as part of his buildup for next month’s SEA Games, also in Subic, where he and Andrew Remolino will try to duplicate the country’s 1-2 finish in Malaysia in 2017.
He will up against the likes of August Benedicto, Raymond Torio, Fernando Casares and Mark Hosana in what promises to be a spirited duel for the Asian Elite plum worth P200,000, with Alexandra Ganzon tipped to cruise to another women’s triumph in the event set over the Olympic distance of 1.5k swim, 40K bike and 10K run.
The Asian Elite cast will share center stage with the pros, with Aussie Mitch Robins and Guam’s Manami Iijima also seeking to make it two-in-row in their respective divisions in the event sponsored by one of the country’s leading cargo movers and organized by Sunrise Events, Inc., now part of the IRONMAN Group.
Sam Betten, also from Down Under, is out for a payback while Czech Jakub Langhammer hopes to score a follow-up to his recent Penong’s Davao feat. Multi-titled and Bangkok-based Aussie Dimity Lee Duke and Laura Wood of New Zealand, on the other hand, go all out to foil Iijima’s title-retention drive.