Bruins and Gilbuena grab 2017 Powerman Philippines Asian Championship titles

Dutch Thomas Bruins claimed his victory of the year after a perfectly executed race in the 2017 Powerman Philippines Asian Championship, with Australian Matt Smith finishing second and Philippines’ Emmanuel Commendador third. 

On the women’s race, Philippines' ace Michelle Gilbuena executed an almost perfect race, leading from the start till the end, claiming her first victory of the year. She was joined on the podium by Aussie Alexandra McDougall finishing second and another Philippines pride Rowena Valdez in third.


Dutch Thomas Bruins reigned over the Powerman Classic Elite finishing at two hours, 57 minutes and 28 seconds. His fellow duathlete Matt Smith came in second at a swift finish of 3 hours, 7 minutes and 46 seconds. Philippines' very own Emmanuel Commendador clocked in at 3:09:20 and finished third. Asian games silver medalist John Chicano came in 4th at 3:10:46. Raymund Torio, another Filipino pride finished fifth at 3:13:27.

Miscelle Gilbuena of the Philippines National Team ruled the Classic Women Elite finishing at 3:39:34. Following very closely is the Aussie Alexandra McDougall finishing at 3:40:44. The third place in the podium was occupied by Rowena Valdez, another athlete from the Philippines.


Jarwyn Banatao of Philippines made a strong finish and emerged first for the short elite section.  He clocked in at 1:24:01 beating Malaysian pride Jason Loh's 1:25:26. Cipriane John Topia was third finishing at 1:27:04.

For women short elite, Japanese duathlete Aira Sawada landed first at 1 hour, 35 minutes and 19 seconds. Philippines' Bic Ferreira placed second at 2:10:19.


Among the more than 1200 participants are some local celebrities namely: Troy Montero, Aubrey Miles, Kim Chui and Jake Cuenca. These local celebrities are also fond to compete in such exciting sports event. 

The hosts of the event were 


Powerman PH pushes a man to discover his limits – allows him to go beyond them. Specifically, the aim of Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas is to push run-bike-run both as a sport and a lifestyle by getting the runners to bike, and the bikers to love running. It is in combining these two, where true endurance is discovered. 


Check out the Powerman Ph website for upcoming events schedule. 



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What's Hot Manila: Bruins and Gilbuena grab 2017 Powerman Philippines Asian Championship titles
Bruins and Gilbuena grab 2017 Powerman Philippines Asian Championship titles
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