Chiongbian starts training

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

ONE OF Cebu’s most promising triathletes, Justin Chiongbian, will be bound for Portugal this Wednesday to prepare for the 2014 Burabay ITU Triathlon Asian Youth Olympic Games (YOG) qualifier and Burabay ASTC Triathlon Junior Asian Championships on June 1, 2014 in Kazakhstan.

Cebu’s YOG representative will train there for 35 days under the guidance of former Olympian and renowned coach Sergio Santos. He will be training with three other national junior triathletes Ohj Nobles, Jimuel Patilan and Vicky Deldio.

The triathletes who will qualify in Kazakhstan, will earn a berth to the World Youth Olympic Games in August in Nanjing, China.


Chiongbian made a name as one of the top young triathletes after bagging the gold medal in the 13-15 category in Cold Storage Singapore International Triathlon last year.

He has been in the pool of national junior triathletes for two years and five months, and in that time, he competed four times outside the country. But Chiongbian noted that that YOG qualifier will be the biggest competition in his young triathlete career.

The Triathlon Association of the Philippines (Trap) national coach Rick Reyes said they are hopeful of making it to the world stage as the boys might have a chance this year if provided with best training.

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is hoping to give the national team a good training they could have and is throwing its support in this endeavor and shouldered the triathletes’ Portugal and Kazakhstan travel expenses with daily allowance provided.

The turning 16-year-old Chiongbian, who started as a swimming varsity member at Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu later on moved to track and field before venturing to triathlon, will be competing in the junior elite category this June.

“I still need to improve a lot on my game,” Chiongbian told Sun.Star Cebu in a telephone interview, “We are not expecting really big results because there’s going to be a lot of strong competitors out there but we are going to give our very best. ”

He said he feels a little bit pressured in representing the country but is excited at the same time.

“There’s pressure but at the same time, I like doing this. so it’s great to have the oppurtuniy to represent the country,” Chiongbian said.

Chiongbian added that his parents has been very supportive in many ways, they constantly remind him with his training and diet. (RSC)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 21, 2014.


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