Local duathlon bets Banatao and Gilbuena shine in Powerman Philippines Asian Championships

Winners of the 2017 Powerman Philippines Asian Championships presented by Summit Natural Drinking Water (Photo by Jamil Buergo)

 

CLARK, Pampanga – Baguio City native Jarwyn Banatao and National team mainstay Miscelle Gilbuena brought honor to the country Sunday morning as they ruled their respective divisions in the 2017 Powerman Philippines Asian Championships presented by Summit Natural Drinking Water at the Parade Grounds inside Clark Special Economic Zone in Pampanga.

Jarwyn Banatao won the Powerman Philippines Asian Championships Short Distance category title (Photo by Jamil Buergo)
Powerman Philippines Asian Championships Short Distance male champion Jarwyn Banatao (Photo by Jamil Buergo)

One of the country’s top duathletes, 23-year old Banatao edged Malaysia’s Jason Loh and compatriot Cipriane John Topia in the Powerman Philippines Short Distance Male category finishing the 5Km Run – 30Km Bike – 5Km course in 1:24:01.

Japanese Aira Sawada was able to defend her title as she ruled the Short Distance female category again as she crossed the finish line in 1:35:19.

In the Powerman Classic Distance race, Australia-based Dutch Thomas Bruins and Miscelle Gilbuena were crowned the male and female champions of the 10Km Run – 60Km Bike – 10Km Run race respectively.

Powerman Philippines Classic Distance male champion Thomas Bruins (Photo by Jamil Buergo)
Powerman Philippines Classic Distance male champion Thomas Bruins (Photo by Jamil Buergo)

Despite encountering an early setback during the race, Bruins stayed with the lead pack in the first 10-kilometer run but came out first from transition to the bike leg and built a very comfortable lead returning back to transition to finish the race unopposed. “I got on the bike in the transition and I lost my drink bottle so I got to do the bike without as many carbs as I wanted to and I was a little bit of worried that I would run out of energy in the bike,” said Bruins, who was last year’s Powerman Philippines runner-up. “But luckily, I was okay,” he added.

Bruins finished the race in 2:57:28. Australia’s Matt Smith (3:07:46) and Filipino bet Emmanuel Commendador (3:09:20) finished second and third respectively.

Miscelle Gilbuena (Photo by Jamil Buergo)
Powerman Philippines Classic Distance female champion Miscelle Gilbuena (Photo by Jamil Buergo)

In the distaff side, Philippines National Duathlon team member Miscelle Gilbuena from Cebu put up a huge upset against Australia’s Alexandra McDougall to take the female elite crown. Gilbuena finished the Powerman Classic distance course in three hours, thirty nine minutes and thirty four seconds. McDougall came in a minute and ten seconds after Gilbuena.

SEA Games Triathlon gold and silver medalists Nikko Huelgas and John Chicano however failed to make it to the podium of the Powerman Philippines Asian Championships.

The event organized by F&F International Events Group, Inc. drew over 1,100 multisport enthusiasts including local celebrities Jake Cuenca, Kim Chiu, Sitti Navarro, and couples Troy Montero and Aubrey Miles.

Other backers of the event were Clark Freeport Zone and NLEX-SCTEx as official road partners, Cobra Energy Drink as official energy drink, official sports nutrition partner Unilab ActiveHealth, official timing partner Garmin, official footwear partner Skechers Performance, and event partners Seafood Island Restaurant, Hammer Nutrition, 2XU, Dan’s Endurance, Cycles & Brew by Hubble, Starbucks Coffee, Pace Prehab and Recovery, WattUp Cycling, Hotel Stotsenberg, Lohas Hotel, and Fontana Leisure Park.