SUBIC — A new champion in the pro category will be named in the Black Arrow Express 5150 triathlon on Sunday at ACEA Subic Bay.
The 2018 second place finishers Sam Betten and Dimity Lee Duke, who are both from Australia, are poised to rule the competition as the reigning champs Mitch Robins and Manami Iijima missed this year’s competition.
But for Betten and Duke, they’re not focused on who they’ll be up against, instead they’re looking at how they can finish the 1.5k swim, 4km bike and 10k run successfully.
“This run course this year is very challenging and it doesn’t really matter who you’re racing with. I think we’ll have a great battle with ourselves out there, trying to get the most of our performance on race day,” said Betten on Saturday during the Meet the Pros press conference.
“For someone like me, I’m just up for Ironman and I’m ready for another one so it’s always exciting to be here, regardless of who’s here,” added Duke, who finished first in the 5150 in Davao.
Laura Wood of New Zealand, who’s on her fourth race in the Philippines, and Jakub Langhammer from Czech Republic will give their opponents a run for their money.
“I’ve raced Dimity a few times this year and she’s always beat me but there’s always a first time, maybe tomorrow but it might not yet be,” said Wood, who came in second in the 5150 race in Davao.
“Definitely tomorrow will be a great battle with everyone so I think everyone wants to be at the podium and I definitely came here to win so we’ll see tomorrow,” said Langhammer.
The Black Arrow Express 5150 will start with a 1.5k swim at the ACEA beach, followed by a 4km bike from San Bernardino through the Argonaut Highway, and, to cap off the race, a 10k two-loop run from Burgos Street to Waterfront road all the way to the lighthouse before going back to ACEA for the finish line.
Meanwhile, the Go For Gold Sunrise Sprint will also take place alongside with the Black Arrow Express 5150.
The short distance, 750m counterclockwise swim, followed by a 10k double loop bike course and 5k single loop run aims to develop young triathletes.
A total of 546 athletes, 450 in the 5150 and 96 in the sprint, will join the competition.