MARELLA Salamat lived up to her billing as the country’s top female rider, bagging the bronze medal in the World University Cyling Championships on Friday in Tagaytay City.
The 80-kolometer race was won by double-gold medal winner Romy Kasper of Germany.
Salamat, gold medal winner in the women’s individual time trial of the Singapore Southeast Asian Games in June last year, had a chance to take silver but was beaten in a sprint battle with Poland’s Nikol Plofaj.
Kasper led all the way from the Nasugbu start to the Tagaytay City finish in front of the Tagaytay International Convention Center, clocking 2:42:48.
Plofaj was a far second with four minutes and 12 seconds, while Kasper completed a Germany sweep in the women’s road events after victory in the women’s criterium at Canyon Woods on Thursday.
“Pinilit kong kunin ang silver pero naipit ako nang magrematehan,” said Salamat, adding to the Philippine medal haul after Boots Ryan Cayubit won the men’s criterium.
Twenty-six cyclists from 12 countries answered the gun but only half completed the race. Among those who did not finish were the entire Korea team (three members) and China (four).
Marela’s teammate Avegail Rombaon finished 27 minutes behind while Ana Katrina Angelo rode the Sag Wagon.