Standard Insurance PH duathlon team prepares for SEA Games buildup

Date: Feb 11, 2019

Written By: ripples08

After winning the recent Singapore Duathlon National Championship, members of the Standard Insurance Duathlon Team will be dealing with the high-intensity workouts in Subic Freeport Zone, which serves as their peak training for the 30th Southeast Asian Games in November.

The team, led by Monica Torres, the fastest Filipina in Cobra Ironman 70.3 for six straight years, will be trained under Triathlon Association of the Philippine’s coaching program with coach Melvin Fausto and coach Bernie Llantada. Members of the team top caliber duathlon runner Joey de los Reyes, Pauline Fornea, a former national triathlete, Bohol’s Emmanuel Commendador, Baguio City’s Jarwyn Banatao, country’s top male duathlete Robeno Javier, veteran campaigners John Topia and Jarwyn Banatao, according to businessman-sportsman Ernesto “Judes” Echauz, Group Chairman of Standard Insurance.

Fornea, a top women triathlete with the US Naval Academy’s Triathlon team, and Torres are a formidable combination for Standard Insurance’s women’s duathlon team. Fornea’s training and competition program designed by their team coach has focused on duathlon to prepare her for the Sea Games.

“We are confident that the team can win a duahtlon medal in this year’s Sea Games,” Echauz said. The Standard Insurance duathlon team will represent Philippines at the Nov 30-Dec 11 SEA Games, where the event will make a comeback since Thailand 2007.

Subic will be the hub for duahtlon, triathlon, open water swimming, modern penthalon, sailing, windsurfing, karatedo, sepak takraw, beach handball, beach volleyball, canoe, kayak, traditional boat race/dragon boat, chess, muay, pencak silat, table tennis, and weightlifting.

The national team recently dominated the Singapore Duathlon National Championship with Commendador, bib 20, and Torres, bib 05, as men and women champions in the elite divisions. Placing 2nd and 3rd are De los Reyes, bib 19, and Javier, bib 14, respectively, and placing 4th and 5th are Topia, without bib, and Banatao, bib 21, respectively.

The Singapore Duathlon 2019 is one of Singapore's Premier Multi-sport events.

Coach Fausto said the athletes will have to put in a weekly training load of 20 to 30 hours and undergo frequent fitness assessments.

“Even duathlon events will be held in Subic, we still have to familiarize the route and intensely train our athletes,” Fausto said.

With the support of the Philippine Sports Commission they have launched a performance program for duathlon to prepare the team for Sea Games, he added.

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