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Manny Villaruel, Sports Editor
A young Cebuano student-elite athlete will soon have opportunity to represent the country not only in one, but in two sports.
17-year old Luis Miguel "Igimax" Maximo of Ateneo de Manila University, current member of the Philippine Junior Cycling Team, has recently been included in the Phl Junior Duathlon training pool that will represent the country in the 2012 Asian Duathlon Championships this Sunday in Subic Bay Freeport.
"Igimax will have a special role in the team," national triathlon coach Melvin Fausto said.
Fausto visited Cebu two weeks ago to organize TRAP's national grassroots development program to the different cities and towns around the country. The project aims to help popularize the sport and discover young potential triathletes.
Duathlon is a multisport endurance event that involves running and cycling. The two-time SAC awardee will compete under the Junior Elite category consisting of a 5km run, 20km bike, and 2.5km run.
Asian Triathlon Confederation (ASTC) members Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Chinese Taipei, Syria and Iran have confirmed participation in the event organized by Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP) headed by Tomas Carrasco.
Earlier this year, the YKKBikes-supported cyclist also represented the country in the 2012 Asian Cycling Championships in Malaysia, the only Cebuano and the youngest in the Phl cycling team.
"This is going to be tough for me but I will try my best for Cebu to be represented in Asian Duathlon," shared the resident of Brgy. Lahug.
To prepare for the international event, Cebu-based YKK Trading will provide the youngster with the top of the line cycling equipment fitted with Ridley, Campagnolo, Token, FSA, Vision, Lazer, Fizik, Santini, Carnac, Kenda and Cycleops components.