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Baguio’s Dacayanan place 2nd in Tri Factor World race
by Ofelia C. Empian

RISING TRIATHLETE -- Baguio’s own Xy James Dacayanan (left) emerged second in the Trio Factor World Championships in China by finishing the race in two hours, 15 minutes, and 46 seconds. -- Contributed photo

Baguio triathathlete Xy James Dacayanan placed second in the Tri Factor World Championships 2019 in Quzhou, China held Sept. 21 to 22.

In his first international outing, Dacayanan edged other triathletes from all over the world in the 18 to 34 age category, finishing the race in two hours, 15 minutes and 46 seconds in the TRI individual standard distance.

Dacayanan finished the 1.5-kilometer swim race in 28:49 minutes, then biked 40 kilometers in 1:02:55 then ran 10 kilometers for 41 minutes.  

Chinese Zhu Shannong placed first at 2:07:55 while Wang Shijiang placed third at 2:18:17. Fellow Filipino athlete Carl Vincent Gutierrez placed fourth at 2:23:07 in the 18 to 34 years old age category.

“It was a great honor to represent the Philippines and my team Go for Gold. It was a great feeling racing out of the country because the journey itself is the reward. I gained a lot of knowledge as an athlete. Landing in the podium was a bonus and I thank my coach Melvin Fausto for believing in me,” Dacayanan said.

The 24-year-old certified civil engineer and graduate of Saint Louis University is training under the triathlon team of the Team God for Gold.

He is under the tutelage of Southeast Asian Games triathlon gold medalist Nikko Huelgas and silver medalist John Leerams Chicano, both members of team Go for Gold.

He is the son of lawyer Marissa Dacayanan, editor-in-chief of local weekly, Baguio Chronicle.

“He started recreational triathlon around four years ago. He started training under Go for Gold after passing the board exams a year ago. He also influenced me to start joining triathlons,” said Dacayanan, a triathlete herself.

The inaugural TRI-Factor World Championship 2019 is the grand finale in the TRI-Factor Asia Series where the qualifiers from the TRI-Factor races across Asia that started in the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand was crowned the fastest in Asia.

The Tri-Factor Enduro (elite) triathlon of 1.5-km. swim, 80-km. cycle, and 20-km. run format was won by 12-time New Zealand Ironman champion Cameron Brown in 3:25:40.

 
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