The veterans are re-establishing themselves at the top with Abet Biagan and Lorhiz Echavez-Lopez clinching the overall male and female titles of last weekend’s Parklane Cebu International Hotel’s Hunat Sugbu Triathlon held in Oslob, a southern town of the Cebu Province.
Biagan of Fish18 Sport showed that he still has what it takes to become a champion when he crossed the finish line more than nine minutes ahead of second placer Elmo Clarabal of Equicredit. While Biagan clocked two hours, 14 minutes and 25 seconds, Clarabal came in with a time of 2:24:19. Parklane TRI Team’s Ralph Arche completed the top 3 when he came in at 2:25:00.
In the distaff side, Echavez-Lopez firmly sent the message that she is back when she prevailed by more than two minutes over closest pursuer Nia Aldeguer. Echavez-Lopez has been lying low in the sport she has so often dominated when she got pregnant and gave birth to her son. She came in with 2:46:16 while Aldeguer clocked 2:48:32. Hannah Lou Galo gave Parklane TRI Team another third-place finish when she completed the top 3 with her time of 2:57:22.
In the sprint distance, dominating their respective categories were Kristiane Lim and Aaliyah Ricci Mataragnon. Lim took the male title after completing the race in 1:42:01 while Mataragnon clinched the female title when she finished way ahead of the field at 1:49:32. According to Mataragnon’s father, Ritchie, his daughter shed tears right after crossing the finish line as it was the first time that she had beaten Shaia Ruth Uy, who trailed at second place with a time of 1:55:14.
Finishing at second and third places in the male division were Yuan Chiongbian (1:42:19) and Ralph Eduard So (1:42:41).
In the distaff side, settling at third place was Christine Joy Guillergan (2:08:06).