Davao’s loss is Danao’s gain

Olmilla to skip Davao triathlon for Danao Xterra

Cebu Daily News - - SPORTS - By John Carlo Villaruel CORRESPONDENT

De­spite an abrupt change in his sched­ules, Ce­buano duath­lete Joland Olmilla is tak­ing this as an op­por­tu­nity to im­prove his skills as he en­lists in the in the 20-24 age group cat­e­gory of the XTERRA Off Road Triathlon Se­ries which blasts off this Sun­day in Danao City, north­ern Cebu.

The 24-year old Ca­ban­calan, Man­daue na­tive who was sup­posed to take part in the Davao Durian Duathlon also slated this Sun­day, said that his team, the OMEGA Pro Triathlon squad changed his sched­ules ear­lier this month and de­cided to let him com­pete i n the XTERRA triathlon in­stead.

“I won’t be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Davao Durian Duathlon be­cause OMEGA changed my sched­ule. They want me to join XTERRA,” Olmilla told CEBU DAILY NEWS.

Olmilla who started do­ing triathlons just this year, ad­mit­ted that it will be tough to score a podium fin­ish be­cause the swim­ming part of the com­pe­ti­tion might slow him down. But he vows to put up a good per­for­mance in just his sec­ond triathlon race.

The duathlon vet­eran com­peted in his first triathlon race in Su­bic last Fe­bru­ary where he se­cured a run­ner-up fin­ish in the team event to help the Omega Pro Tri Team claim the over­all tro­phy in the Team Chal­lenge of the 2017 Tri United Se­ries.

“Right now, I can’t say if I can win the ti­tle be­cause my con­fi­dence level in duathlon is just dif­fer­ent com­pared to triathlon. I’m more con­fi­dent in duathlon but in triathlon, I’m not that fast in the swim leg but I will try to make up for it on the bike and run,” Olmilla added.

An added con­cern for Olmilla is the fact that the Danao triathlon is un­like reg­u­lar triathlons since it fea­tures a trail run and trail bike legs.

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