Remolino of Cebu guns for first Asian Games triathlon medal today
CEBU CITY, Philippines — Andrew Kim Remolino of Talisay City, Cebu competes in the men’s individual triathlon race of the 2023 Hangzhou Asian Games today, September 29, 2023.
The two-time Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) silver medalist in triathlon, guns for his first-ever Asian Games medal at the Chun’an Jieshou Sports Centre Triathlon Course.
This will be Remolino’s first time in the Asian Games where he will race together with fellow first-timer and reigning SEA Games men’s triathlon gold medalist Fernando Casares.
A total of 32 male triathletes will see action in the 1.5-kilometer swim, 40k bike, and 10k run.
Remolino and Casares will go up against Olympians Kenji Nener and Makoto Odakura of Japan who made it in the top 20 of the Tokyo Olympics.
“It’s very humbling to know that this just started as a dream that became a reality since I didn’t really imagine that I would be here representing the country,” Remolino told Cebu Daily News Digital.
“I don’t really have that much of an expectation since it is quite a big event but hopefully I can continue to give a nice result just like how Kuya Rambo and the rest of the team did in the last Asian Games.”
Alcoseba, Hermosa schedule
Meanwhile, Raven Faith Alcoseba and Matthew Justine Hermosa who are also from Cebu will be vying on September 30 and October 2, respectively.
Alcoseba, a 2022 SEA Games bronze medalist will vie in the women’s individual triathlon race along with six-time SEA Games gold medalist Kim Mangrobang.
They will go up against 23 other elite female triathletes representing their respective countries in this quadrennial meet.
Like the rest of the Philippine triathlon team, Mangrobang, Alcoseba, and Hermosa are first-timers in the Asian Games.
Hermosa, a gold medalist in the SEA Games aquathlon mixed relay teams up with Alcoseba, Casares, and Mangrobang in the Asiad.
They are accompanied by Roland Remolino, the father of Andrew Kim Remolino who is also a national coach of the Triathlon Association of the Philippines.
He is joined by fellow national coaches Annie De Leon-Brown and Kevin Eijansantos, along with delegation head Anthony Lozada.
Before heading to Hangzhou, all five triathletes competed in the inaugural Dapitan 5150 Triathlon and Go For Gold Sprint earlier this month.
Casares and Mangrobang topped the male and female elite category in the 5150 race while Remolino settled for ninth place. Alcoseba and Hermosa ruled the Go For Gold race. /rcg
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