It’s been 12 years since the Duathlon was last featured in the SEA Games, and Malaysian favourite Jason Loh Chwan Chyin will be representing Malaysia in the Duathlon in Philippines.
To qualify for the Standard Distance 10km run- 40km bike – 5km run race, Jason completed his selection race held at the Sepang International Circuit recently, well within the qualification benchmark of 2 hours and 4 minutes. He finished the race narrowly behind winner Lim Kien Mau, followed by Singaporean Benjamin Khoo.
“I gave it my best shot, and it was my strongest performance so far.” said Jason.
The Johor-born athlete had been training for many months since Powerman Malaysia, consistently and progressively. Although he finished 5 minutes well within the qualifying benchmark, he will not allow himself to be satisfied by that, and will strive for the better.
In preparing for the games, Jason has taken time off from his day job as a Data Center Engineer based in Kuala Lumpur. He has been training full-time and continuing to work closely with his coach on his training plans.
Recently, Jason finished commendably in a strong field of elite athletes in the Duathlon featured at the first-ever ITU Multisport World Cup in China. The race serves to provide Jason with more exposure in competing and to keep his mindset sharp and motivated.
Before foraying into Duathlon, Jason had been running for more than 10 years. His run fitness gave him a slight advantage on the cycling fitness and he was able to pick up competitive cycling easier and faster.
Combining these running and cycling strengths together made Duathlon a good sport for Jason to focus on
The Duathlon will be contested on December 2nd at 5th at Subic Bay in Subic, Philippines. There will be 2 events for the Duathlon which are Standard Distance (Run 10km – Bike 40km – Run 5km) and Super Sprint Distance (Run 2km – Bike 8km – Run 1km) which will be in a relay format.
Photos from Facebook / Malaysia Triathlon – Persatuan Triathlon Malaysia Baru / Nik Fahusnaza.