4th Davao Mayor’s Cup triathlon gets underway

But Ouano, the third edition champion, admitted it would not be easy for him with the presence of Cagayan De Oro City ace tri-athlete.

" I expect a tough race, " Ouano told sportswriters Thursday during the Davao Sportswriters Forum at the Tower Inn Hotel.

Touted as City of Friendship's best tri-athlete, Neil Cateel will be seeing action and vying for top honors in the tournament which has attracted some 80 athletes from various places nationwide.

The 23-year-old Cateel, who recently won the National Age-Group triathlon race Cagayan De Oro leg, had defeated Ouano once in a race in the Visayas crossing the finish line first one minute ahead of the Davao City bet.

" I will do my best to defend the title," said the 25-year-old Ouano.

In this race, Ouano will compete in the 25-29 class while Cateel is entered in the 20-24 division. There are six other age groups in the tournament.

The one-day race will feature a 1-km swim, 30-km bike and 7-km run.

Cash prizes amounting to P38,000 are up for grabs in the tournament supported by the Sports Development Division – City Mayor's Office (SDD-CMO) under Christopher "Bong" Go and under the supervision of Triathlon Association of Davao (Triad). (Rico Biliran / MindaNews)