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Reed foils Betten’s 3-peat bid

Jorry Ycong celebrate after winning the Asian elite men's open category of the Bellevue 5150 Triathlon yesteday at Bellevue Resort in Panglao, Bohol. JUN MENDOZA/PHILSTAR PHOTO

PANGLAO, Bohol, Philippines — Multi-titled Timothy James Reed of Australia prevented his compatriot Sam Betten of scoring a grand slam title as he claimed the men’s pro championship of the Bellevue Resort 5150 Triathlon yesterday at the Bellevue Resort here.

Betten actually had strong start especially in the 1.5-kilometer swim course in which he came out of the water first. He also had a good lead in the 40K bike only to get caught by Reed in the 10K run.

“To be honest, I thought my legs were going to be great on the bike and not so good on the run, then I felt really flat, I couldn’t get my legs to turn over and Sam was putting in a little bit of time and I just felt I’m just going race my own race and try and have a good run. I felt great,” said Reed.

Reed finished the grueling race in one hour, 58 minutes and 24 seconds while Betten settled for second in 2:01.24 as Dan Brown wound up third with his 2:32:56, clocking.

In the distaff side, Australian Kerry Morris prevailed with a time of 2:14:45 followed by Dimity Lee Duke in 2:15:07. American Lauren Wassner landed third with 2:24:50, clocking.

Meanwhile in the Asian elite, Jorry Ycong retained his title with a time of 2:10:50. He outpaced Edward Macalalad who is the second placer in 2:11:05, while his teammate Paul Jumamil placed third with 2:11:28, clocking.

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There were no Asian women’s elite who joined forcing last year’s runner-up Cianyl Gonzales to compete in the age-group instead. She topped the 20-24 class in 2:44:52.

Aside from Gonzales, other Cebu athletes who shone in the age-groups were Feelin Torres (30-34), Christian Saladaga(15-19),Kristianne Lim(30-34) and Gianluca Guidicelli (55-59).

Other winners in the age-groups were Vic Montebon(20-24), Naune Mejare and Emma Browning(25-29), Haythem Ansary  and Sherlyn Bacus(35-39), Stephane Duranton and Mayleen Ting(40-44),Angelo Micallef(45-49), Steve Little(50-54) and Kilhak Kunimoto(65-69).

Team Sante Barley dominated the relay event, while Talisay City’s Andrew Kim Remolino and Karen Manayon also reigned supreme in their respective divisions in the sprint race. — (FREEMAN)

 

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