PhilCycling bares line-up for 2017 SEA Games
By Jean T. Malanum
MANILA, Dec. 24 (PNA) -- Asian Games gold medal winner Daniel Patrick Caluag will banner the Philippine cycling delegation to the 2017 Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Marella Salamat, gold medalist in the Individual Time Trial (ITT) event during the 2015 Singapore SEA Games, and many-time champion Mark John Lexer Galedo will also join Caluag in the biennial tournament scheduled August 19-31.
National coach Cesar Lobramonte said Salamat will lead the three-member women's Road team, while Galedo, George Oconer, Jerry Aquino Jr. and six other riders make up the men's team.
Daniel, who won the BMX gold at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, his younger brother Christopher John, and Sienna Fines have expressed their interest to compete in Malaysia next year. The three cyclists are based in the United States.
Daniel, who competed in the 2012 London Olympics, won the gold and Jonathan took the silver in the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar. Galedo also won the gold in the 50km ITT in the same tournament.
The Sacramento-based Fines, whose relatives in the Philippines are from Ilocos Sur, won the gold medal in the junior division of the 2015 Asian Continental BMX Championships in Myanmar.
The 2017 SEA Games organizers allow 10 entries in the Men's Road Race event, four in the Team Time Trial event and six in the Road Massed Start event. In the women's division, two riders can compete in the Criterium event and two in the Road Race event. The BMX category features two riders each in the men's and women's divisions per country.
There are 10 slots in the track category which offers 13 gold medals.
The other members of the Philippine Cycling coaching staff are Norberto Oconer and Carlo Jazul. (PNA)