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    Matthew Hermosa, Moira Erediano rule Alaska Ironkids in Cebu

    Aug 10, 2019
    PHOTO: Jham Mariano

    CEBU, Philippines — Homegrown triathletes Matthew Hermosa and Moira Erediano ruled the Alaska Ironkids on Saturday at Shangri-La Mactan.

    Hermosa, 13, from Talisay City, finished the 400m swim, 12km bike and 4km run in 35 minutes eight minutes and 33 seconds. Earol Belonguil came in at 35:43.04 and Eryk John Omandam finished at 36:02.78 in the 13 to 14-year old age group.

    “May pressure po, sobrang pressured po ako pag start ng race,” said the Hermosa, an eighth-grader.

    “Na overcome ko po [‘yung kaba] na laging i-motivate [ang sarili] and just smile. Natuwa po ako kasi pamilya ko kumpleto, kaya ko na ‘to lahat.”

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    Hermosa, who finished fifth in swimming, pulled away at transition to the bike course all the way to the run.

    Meanwhile, Erediano, who crossed the finish line at 39:22.01, had a fitting end to her junior career, copping her fifth victory.

    She bagged her third gold medal in the 13 to 14-year old age group, while she had two golds in the 11 to 12-year old age group.

    “I feel really happy to end this Ironkids with a bang, being a champion,” said Erediano, who will turn 15 in November. “I will move on to sprint category to do a longer distance race.”

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    Jeanna Mariel Canete was at second place with 40:38.71, while Kelly Yw Long, one of the triathlete triplets from Malaysia, was third with 43:24.46.

    It was a close contest in the 11 to 12-year old age group, Michael Gabriel Lozada was the top finisher (32:27.74), followed by Gino Camille Lamoste (32:31.08) and Juan Alessandro Suarez (32:36.56).

    Kira Ellis ruled the girl’s division (35:15.24), Aira Danara Gregorio (38:05.18) one second ahead of Catroina Danelle Vasquez (38:06.21) in the 300m swim, 9km bike and 2km run.

    Van Wincy Pagnanawon topped the 9 to 10-year old age group (25:49.97), while Peter Sancho del Rosario came in at second place (26:18.20) and Al Dustin Bersabal came in third (27:52.84) in the 200m swim, 6km bike and 1.5km run.

    In the girl’s division, Elora Caelle Avanzado was first (29:01.55), Christy Ann Perez was second (30:30.50) and Rhexiel Belonguil was at third (30:42.86).

    Don’t be fooled by their charm and cuteness because Diego Jose Dimayuga finished the 100m swim, 3km bike and 1km run within 18:53.55, while Simeon Sam Lamoste took 20:07.85 and Ralo Habana needed 20:34.65 in the 6 to 8-year old age group.

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    Lauren Lee Tan clocked in at 19:38.93, Rhian Casey Casona crossed the finish line at 19.50.09 and Mary Chris Lalimos finished in 21:18.09.

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