AUSTRALIAN Mitch Robins put on a blazing show in the men's race while local pride Claire Adorna earned a piece of the limelight during Sunday’s ULAH Tri United 1 at Dungaree Beach in Subic Bay Freeport.
A regular competitor in triathlon races in the country since 2012, Robins, 26, negotiated the 1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run race in one hour, 55 minutes and 42 seconds as he showed up Unilab Active Health (ULAH) triathletes John Chicano (2:02:44) and Benjamin Rama (2:05:01).
“It was a fast course and very well-organized race,” said Robins at the end of an event organized by BikeKing, sponsored by Unilab Active Health in cooperation with Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Tourism Department, and supported by Aboitiz, Enervon Activ, Active Health Sports Gel, Enervon HP and AboitizPower.
“I was not sure of winning because the Filipino triathetes are very fast. I will be spending more time in the Philippines and absolutely you can expect me to compete in the next Tri United races,” added Robins.
A professional triathlete, Robins and Adorna, 21, both made their moves in the swim leg and never looked back.
Adorna, also from ULAH, put her training for the coming Southeast Asian Games in Singapore this June to good use as she led teammates Anna Stroh and Ani Karina de Leon-Brown to the finish line.
A mainstay of the national team and owner of the Philippine record in the female division, Adorna timed 2:15:55 and she highlighted her showing with a surprising second place finish in the swim behind Robins.
“Grabe po kasi ang training namin for the SEA Games at ang ginagawa ko sa training ang ginawa ko rito,” said Adorna who like Robins pocketed P10,000.00 cash prize.
Series defending women’s champion Stroh claimed second place (2:23:40) while de Leon-Brown took third (2:33:05) in the women's race of the first of four Tri United races for 2015 that lured 780 triathletes.
Two other foreign pros took part in this race namely Saranon Chantaraj from Thailand and Eneko Elosegui from Spain but they failed in their bid for a podium finish in the race backed by Orbea, Shimano, Maxxis, TIMEX, Gardenia, Gerry’s Grill, Pocari Sweat, Lighthouse Marina Resort Subic, Camayan Beach Resort and Court Meridian Hotel.
Sante Barley dominated Fitness First and Herbalife for the team championship.
Completing the winners in the standard distance are Mervin Santiago and Irish Ivy Domingo (18-24), Robinson Esteves and Karen Kate Pascual (25-29), John Mark Yamoyam and Chloe Ong (30-34), Jefferson Valdez and Alisa Dicaprio (35-39), Raymond Galdonez and Lezette Albarote (40-44), Mariela Powell (female 45-above), Jojo Macalintal (male 45-49), Frank Lacson (50-54), Tatsuya Kanai (55-above).
Sprint champions were Samuel Ranque (16-17), Jimuel Patilan (18-29), Jeric Saclauso (30-39), Reuben Lista (40-49) and Albert Bartilad (50-above) in the male and Maria Antonniette Balagtas (18-29), Kareena Maclang (30-39) and Jennifer Soto (40-49) in the female class.