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Lee, Saballa rule Sinulog Fun Run

CEBU, Philippines — Prince Joey Lee and Geneicel Saballa emerged as the biggest winners in the Sinulog Fun Run 2018 yesterday at the Cebu City Sports Center.

The 21-year-old Lee bagged the men’s crown after completing the 10-kilometer race in 33 minutes and 37 seconds. Ruel Algufera placed second with the time of 36:31 followed by Harold Guiao with 37:33 clocking.

In the women’s side, Saballa took the top honors with a 42:25 clocking. Melody Perez ended up second in 42:47, while Lovely Fe Andrin settled for third in 46:25.

Aside from winning the championship, Lee and Saballa are also now part of the Visayas pool for marathon. They will be training for free under coach John Philip Dueñas, who is the coach of Cebuana Olympian Mary Joy Tabal.

In the 5K action, triathlete Andrew Kim Remolino and Cherry Andrin reigned supreme in their respective divisions.

Remolino ruled the men’s class in 16 minutes and 11 seconds followed by Jhon Marc Rizon (16:33) and Jovan Bensig (17:00) at second and third place, respectively.

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Andrin, for her part, survived a tough match against Mary Joy Loberanis to grab the top spot with a time of 19:46. Loberanis came in second with 20:34 clocking, while Karen Manayon settled for third with her 20:45.

Kirk Nazan Alison and Lourence Yoofy Garcia stole part of the limelight after dominating the 3K class with their time of 12:01 and 13:42, respectively.

Meanwhile, Kenyan Eric Chepsiror (16:12) and Lizane Abella (19:45) dominated the 5K Open category.

The top 20 finishers of each grassroots age-groups will be part of the Visayas pool and will be sent to compete in the second leg of the race in Iloilo City on August 11.

"What we are looking here is the next Mary Joy Tabal. I hope this is a  positive start for the things to come this 2018," said Philippine Sport Commission (PSC) Commissioner Ramon Fernandez. (FREEMAN)

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