AS the Iloilo River teems with life while serving as the visual centerpiece of yesterday’s National Duathlon Championships hosted by the City of Iloilo, Jarwyn Banatao of Baguio City scored a huge upset over early favorite Emmanuel Comendador of Bohol with a superb bike performance leaving his pursuers going into Transition 2 with a 4-minute gap and clear the finish line solo.
Earlier in the race, Banatao was in a tight spot with Comendador and Requi Trupa in the first 8.5 Km run leg but managed to break away from everyone in the 40 Km bike segment and finished the final 6.5 km run leg strongly timing 2 hours and 17 seconds.
Comendador, who suffered from stomach cramps as he tried to cut Banatao’s lead in the bike leg, finished 2nd with a time of 2:04:28 and third place went to Jolan Olmilla of Cebu with 2:04:59.
On the distaff side in the event sponsored by the City Government of Iloilo, Green Triathlon, Gatorade, Standard Insurance, Asian Centre for Insulation Philippines, Global Power, Sarabia Manor Hotel, GEA Marketing Bike Shop, Planet Cycle, ABS-CBN Iloilo, Petron and Globe Telecom, Mirasol Abad survived a serious challenge from Miscelle Gilbuena to retain her crown with a winning time of 2:22:47. Gilbuena won the silver in 2:23:36 while Ilo-ilo’s Alexandra Dumaran finished in 2:30:13 for the bronze.
On the sprint distance Junior Elite race (19-under), national aquathlon champion Andrew Kim Remolino scored a photo finish win over John Caleb Barlin for the gold while on the girls’ side, Karen Andrea Manayon won easily over Kyla Mari Gomez by a margin of almost 13 minutes. On the sprint 20-over race, Jelsie Sabado edged youth standout Vicky Deldio while Jero Jaro Matthew had an easy victory over Ronald Egaran.
During the awarding ceremony led by Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog with Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) chairman and TRAP secretary general Tom Carrasco, it was announced that the city will host the 2017 edition of the National Duathlon Championships due to the event’s strong support for the ongoing redevelopment of the Iloilo River which has made a lot of progress recently.
Other champions of the race organized by the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP) and the City Government of Iloilo covered by media partners RaceDay, SBR.ph, BIKES, Trilife Magazine, Multisport and Endurance Sports Magazine were Arlette Maratas (Female Standard Distance 30-above), Romulo Balinas (SD 20-29), Oliver Porillano (SD 30-39), Albert Ng (SD 40-49), Dondon Geraldez (SD 50-over) and Team Boracay (SD Team Relay).