YOG stint in peril

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013


CEBU’s Youth Olympic Games (YOG) representative Justin Liam Chiongbian suffered a crash and fractured his left wrist in the Mano Amon Cycling Classic, forcing him to miss the National Age Group Triathlon (NAGT) Race in Subic on Jan. 19.

Chiongbian, who just turned 15 last October, is among the four PHL YOG aspirants who will be competing in the 2014 Burabay ITU Triathlon Asian YOG Qualifier and Burabay ASTC Triathlon Junior Asian Championships in June 2014 in Kazakhstan.

The World Youth Olympic Games is in August in Nanjing, China and will gather some of the top triathletes in the world and Chiongbian is hoping to be one of them.

However, his injury may prevent that. Chiongbian, who just arrived from Manila last Saturday after a performance testing last performed by Triathlon Association of the Philippines (Trap) coach Anthony Lozada, joined the Mano Amon Cycling Classic as part of his training program.

According to Danao City Sports Commission chairman Oscar “Boying” Rodriguez, Chiongbian fractured his left wrist after his front wheel popped up during a downhill portion in Tuburan.

The accident worries Chiongbian since he will have to undergo surgery on his left wrist, jeopardizing his dream of competing in next year’s World YOG.

However, according to his mother, Millette, they were assured by Dr. Tony San Juan that the procedure, which involves screwing on a metal plate, means a faster recovery than the usual cast.

“Justin really cried when he learned that he will be undergoing surgery but it’s the only option for him to recover faster. He will miss the NAGT in Subic because he needs to be immobile for more than a month after the surgery. We just hope that he will recover in time for this March camp in Australia,” said Millette.

The other YOG aspirants that will be going to Australia are Jemuel Patillan, Vicky Deldeo and Magali Echauz.

Chiongbian recently won fifth over-all in the boys 13-15 Youth Open of the 2013 Lantau ITU Triathlon Asian Cup in Lantau, Hong Kong and was second in the Cold Storage Singapore Triathlon Race.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 31, 2013.

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