Weather to level playing field as local aces hope to upend foreign competitors | Inquirer Sports

Weather to level playing field as local aces hope to upend foreign competitors

By: - Reporter / @jwpayoINQ
/ 05:00 AM July 21, 2017

National team racers hope to make the most out of their home advantage against an elite foreign cast in the 2017 Powerman Philippines Asian Championships on Oct. 8 at Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga.

Top Philippine bet John Chicano, who placed second in last year’s edition in Putrajaya, Malaysia, hopes to snatch the crown from Australian defending champion Thomas Bruin.

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“The challenge for many [foreign racers] is the hot racing condition,” said Raymund Magdaluyo, chief executive officer F&F International Events Group, Inc. “Our guys are used to the weather.”

But there’s another motivation in the gruelling run-bike-run event—the race will serve as qualifier for the 2019 Powerman World Championships in Zofingen, Switzerland.

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“The ultimate goal is to send our top Filipino athlete to the World Championships,” Kaye Lopez, Powerman Philippines general manager, said in a press conference Wednesday at Privé, Bonifacio Global City.

Mirasol Abad, who placed third last year, heads the local female bets in the elite race featuring a 10K run-60K bike-10K run distance.

The race will kick off at the Clark parade grounds. For registration details, visit www.powerman.ph.

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