Japan Dominates with Six Gold Medals at 2024 NTT Asia Triathlon Para Championships in Subic Bay

Japanese Para-Athletes Shine at Subic Bay Freeport Zone

OLONGAPO CITY, ZAMBALES – Japan emerged victorious at the 2024 NTT Asia Triathlon Para Championships, securing six gold medals at the event held on June 2 at the Waterfront and Boardwalk within the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

Outstanding Performances by Japanese Athletes

Tsutomo Nagata led the charge for Japan by clinching the gold in the men’s PTS5 category with an impressive time of 1:08:31. His fellow countrymen, Takumi Nagata (1:13:25) and Tetsuki Kaji (1:14:59), rounded out the podium in second and third places, respectively.

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In the men’s PTVI category, Satoru Yoneoka delivered a stellar performance, finishing first with a time of 1:03:53, narrowly edging out Yosuke Yamada (1:04:49) and Junpei Hoshi (1:05:29).

Yukako Hata triumphed in the women’s PTS2 category, clocking in at 1:24:46 to claim gold, while her compatriot Asumi Yasuda secured silver with a time of 1:33:58. Additional gold medalists from Japan included Kimura Jumpei (men’s PTWC), Mami Tani (women’s PTS4), and Riyo Kogama (women’s PTS5).

Chinese Paralympian Shines

China’s four-time Paralympian Jiachao Wang dominated the men’s PTS4 category, finishing the race in 1:06:39. Competing in the 750m swim, 20km bike, and 5km run, Wang managed to stay ahead of Japanese Keiya Kaneko (1:12:30) and Filipino Alex Silverio (1:15:55).

Wang, a seasoned athlete from Kunming, Yunnan province, has a remarkable history, having won multiple medals in swimming at the Paralympic Games before transitioning to triathlon. His victory in Subic Bay marks his continued excellence in para sports.

Local Athletes Make Their Mark

Filipino triathlete Alex Silverio, who finished third in the men’s PTS4 category, expressed his satisfaction with his performance. “I did not expect a podium finish because there are many good athletes in my category,” said Silverio, who continues to train diligently following his gold medal win at the Subic Bay International Triathlon last month.

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In the men’s PTS2 category, Filipino Edison Badilla claimed victory with a time of 1:35:36, surpassing fellow Filipino Jake Lacaba (1:41:18). Meanwhile, South Korea’s Kim Hwang Tae (1:27:13) bested Filipino Raul Angoluan (1:31:31) in the men’s PTS3 category.

Event Sponsors and Partners

The 2024 NTT Asia Triathlon Para Championships was organized by Triathlon Philippines (TriPhil) in partnership with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), and sanctioned by Asia Triathlon and World Triathlon. The event received support from various sponsors, including the Philippine Sports Commission, Pinay in Action, Asian Center for Insulation, Gatorade (official hydration), Standard Insurance, and Western Guaranty Inc. Additional partners included Subic Bay Travelers Hotel, CM Timing of Jay Cheng, and Stat Med ambulance service.

THE POST

The 2024 NTT Asia Triathlon Para Championships showcased the incredible talents of para-athletes from across Asia, with Japan leading the medal tally. The event highlighted the spirit of competition and camaraderie, setting the stage for future successes in para-sports. As the triathlon community continues to grow, events like these play a crucial role in promoting inclusivity and excellence in sports.

IMAGES VIA : SARITA ZAFRA / PET SALVADOR / TRIATHLON ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES

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SBR.ph Team

A triathlete making a comeback and a true blue Scorpio. That sums it up quite nicely :)

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