Dueñas’ mission

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

CEBUANO triathlete John Philip Dueñas will have a chance to avenge his loss to Team Unilab in Dipolog, this time on a bigger stage, as they meet again in the Filipino elite category of Century Tuna 5i50 Triathlon slated on June 29 in Subic Bay.

Dueñas was dethroned by Unilab’s Mark Anthony Hosana in the second staging of Dipolog Triathlon 101 last May 11. Hosana’s teammate Benjamin Raña also made it to second place, while Dueñas dropped to third place.

However, Dueñas bounced back after that in a different race and snatched the second place of Defy 123 last May 25 in Bohol, finishing second to Michael Murphy of Australia.


Dueñas, who clocked 24 minutes in the Century Tuna 5i50 last year, bagged the fastest run split award. He also snatched the same award in Defy 123.

“I have to improve on my bike. Mabiyaan ko sa swim pero mabawi raman nako sa run.
Dapat parehas mi kakusgon sa bike para naa ko chance,” he said.

Dueñas, who came in sixth place last year, guarantees to give his all even though he only has a slim chance of a podium finish.

“Most of the participants are in the national pool. I will just give my best in this race. This is also my preparation for Ironman this August,” said Dueñas
As of yesterday, some of those who have confirmed to join the Filipino elite division are formidable triathletes like Nikko Huelgas, John Leerams Chicano, Jonard Saim, Banjo Norte, August Benedicto, Neil Catiil, Juan Carlos Abad, Sherwin Managil, Franklin Echevarria, and John Gilbuena.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 19, 2014.


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