Japan showed why it is considered Asia’s triathlon powerhouse by winning six of eight classes contested in yesterday’s Mt. Mayon ASTC Asian Paratriathlon Championships in Legazpi City, Albay.
Kaji Tetsuki, a silver medalist in the World Cup race in Magog, led the Japanese charge as he took line honors, crossing the finish line first among the paratriathletes that came from eight countries and ruling the Men-PT55 category.
Jumpei Kimura won the Men- PTWC class to complete a Japanese sweep Ryota Yoshida at second and Seiji Tanaka at third. In the Men-PTVI where the Philippines fielded blind twins Joshua and Jerome Nelmida, Hong Kong’s Kim Wa Chu broke the Japanese streak as he won the gold, followed by Zhaladin Abduvaliev and Japanese Satoru Yoneoka. Jerome Nelmida was the best placed local entry at 7th place.