Japanese athletes return to defend titles at Asian Championships

by Erin Greene on 25 Apr, 2013 10:21 • Español

This weekend, Subic Bay will welcome the Asian Championships for the first time since 2004. The coastal Philippine city is no stranger to race action, as it has often hosted Asian multisport events. The championships will be headlined by reigning champions Mariko Adachi and Yuichi Hosoda. In addition to the elite races, the Asian Championships will feature Under23, Junior and Mixed Relay races, as well as age-group and paratriathlon events from 27-29 April.

Women’s Preview
Japanese Olympian Mariko Adachi, will again wear No. 1 in the women’s race. After capping her 2012 season with a 14th-place finish at the London Olympics, Adachi recently returned to the ITU circuit this year with a seventh-place performance at the Ishigaki World Cup.

Adachi is solid on the swim and bike, but will need to look out for teammate Yuka Sato on the run if she wants a shot at repeating as the Asian Champion. Sato appears to be in strong form with a world ranking of 15th after finishing sixth in the World Triathlon Auckland and second in Ishigaki.

But Adachi and Sato will have to work together to hold off a large Chinese team made up primarily by Mengying Zhong, Yi Zhang and Lingxi Xin. Zhong is a steady force on the Asian Cup circuit, consistently finishing in the top 10. Zhang, who represented China in the Olympics, has the most experience on the Subic Bay course, having scored a top 5 finish at the Asian Cup held there last year.

Men’s Preview
Similar to the women’s race, the Japanese men present the biggest podium chances, with Olympians Yuichi Hosoda and Hirokatsu Tayama topping the start list followed by Ryosuke Yamamoto. The three men swept the podium last year in the exact order they’ll start in Subic Bay.

Hosoda is riding a hot streak heading into the championships, coming off an eighth-place finish in Auckland. Tayama has just one race under his belt this season, where a slippery course led to ninth place in Ishigaki.

London Olympian Faquan Bai (CHN) will post the biggest threat to the deep Japanese team. Bai recently collected bronze at the Chengdu ITU Triathlon Asian Cup. He will no doubt draw on his experience winning on the Subic Bay course last year to chase down the Japanese.

The elite women will take on Saturday 27 April at 8:00am local time, while the men will start at 9:30am. The paratriathlon races will be held on Monday 29 April at 6:00am.

Related Event: 2013 Subic Bay ASTC Triathlon Asian Championships
27 - 29 Apr, 2013 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Yuichi Hosoda JPN 02:01:32
2. Zhihang Jiang CHN 02:01:38
3. Ryosuke Yamamoto JPN 02:01:52
4. Faquan Bai CHN 02:03:00
5. Yiming Zhang CHN 02:03:01
6. Jae Hun Choi KOR 02:04:11
7. Zhou Fang CHN 02:06:09
8. Andrew Wright HKG 02:06:27
9. Jeong Hwan Ji KOR 02:07:50
10. Dickson Tam Joe Dick HKG 02:08:21
Results: Elite Women
1. Mariko Adachi JPN 02:14:17
2. Yuka Sato JPN 02:16:38
3. Dan Fan CHN 02:17:42
4. Mengying Zhong CHN 02:18:01
5. Yi Zhang CHN 02:18:59
6. Lingxi Xin CHN 02:20:12
7. Hoi Long MAC 02:21:59
8. Dan Wang CHN 02:23:14
9. Joyce Cheung Ting Yan HKG 02:25:06
10. Yi-Hui Liu TPE 02:43:35
Results: Junior Men
1. Zhengyu Duan CHN 00:53:04
2. Perry Wong HKG 00:53:47
3. Zheng Xu CHN 00:54:15
4. Shiruba Taniguchi JPN 00:54:21
5. Takanori Sugihara JPN 00:55:01
6. Jeong Sam Byen KOR 00:55:03
7. Ryousuke Maeda JPN 00:55:55
8. Dae Ho Kim KOR 00:56:25
9. Jeffrey Tang Ho Fai HKG 00:56:29
10. Takaya Sukizaki JPN 00:56:34
Results: Junior Women
1. Fumika Matsumoto JPN 01:01:15
2. Yuting Huang CHN 01:01:23
3. Lianyuan Wang CHN 01:01:31
4. Sumire Ohara JPN 01:02:06
5. Yan Yin Hilda Choi HKG 01:02:19
6. Lei Pan CHN 01:02:26
7. Minami Kubono JPN 01:02:31
8. Akane Makita JPN 01:03:00
9. Hitomi Amami JPN 01:03:02
10. Chia-Chia Chang TPE 01:03:17
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