LEZETTE Albarote grabbed a share of the spotlight with the Australians, who dominated the age group competitions of the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines Sunday at Shangri-la’s Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City.
Albarote topped the female 40-44 class in five hours, 29 minutes and 35 seconds, edging compatriot Anna Marissa Remigio (5:38:26) and Singapore’s Jeynelle Lee (5:51:12) to put the Philippines on the winners’ list as Australia romped off with wins in eight divisions.
Australia’s Justin Ghosh (male 18-24) and Sandra Reid (female 55-59) retained their respective age group titles in the race that drew 2,618 participants.
Ghosh clocked 4:18:19 to repeat as champion, beating Filipinos Marvin Santiago de los Santos (4:36:27) and Donray Noval (5:25:01), while Philippine-based Reid submitted 5:44:49 to beat lone opponent Agnes Tinsay (6:50:33).
Joining the Aussie gold rush were Jaimielle Jacobs in the female 30-34 (5:05:21), Assad Attamimi in the male 40-44 (4:14:16), Lisa Redmond in the female 45-49 (5:32:39), Roger Hastie in the male 45-49 (4:36:37) Daniel Hyams in the male 50-54 (4:59:05), and Graham Crocker in the male 65-69 (5:30:36).
Britain won three gold medals, with Lyndsey Fraser clocking 4:52:10 for back-to-back titles in the female 25-29, while David Watson topped the male 30-34 (4:40:29), and Joanne Plumbley won the female 35-39 (5:49:19).
Japan’s Mika Shito topped the female 18-24 (5:26:49), Russia’s Anton Samokhvalov won the male 25-29 (4:25:17), Ireland’s Colin O’ Shea ruled the male 35-39 (4:21:59), Singapore’s Khina Ong reigned supreme in the female 50-54 (6:37:58), Mexico’s Ernesto Adelina won the male 55-59 (5:24:13) and Lee Harkleroad of the US dominated the male 60-64 (6:59:09).
Ford Forza ruled the male relay division in 4:12:33 while David’s Salon topped the distaff side in 5:34:23. RDAK-C won the mixed relay in 3:58:20.
They joined a stellar list of victors headlined by reigning Asia-Pacific champ Tim Reed, who led a 1-2 finish for Australia in the men’s pro hostilities, and Caroline Steffen, who bucked mechanical trouble and a bike crash to cop her second straight plum here.
Twice Filipino elite champ August Benedicto and women’s titlist Monica Torres also sparkled in the event produced and organized by Sunrise Events, Inc. with title sponsor Cobra Energy Drink, powered by Ford Philippines and presented by Summit Water. Others backers are official courier and logistics partner 2Go Express, official footwear and apparel partner Asics, official sports drink Gatorade, race venue partners Shangri-la’s Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu Province and Lapu-lapu City. The venue sponsor is Megaworld’s The Mactan Newtown, while bike course sponsors are Cebu City, Mandaue City and Talisay City. Other supporters are Kenneth Cobonpue, Prudential Guarantee, TYR, Sunlife Financial, Department of Tourism, Tourism Board of the Philippines, David’s Salon, Finisher Pix, Intercare, Alaska Milk Corporation, Timex, Shotz, Safeguard Men, Brew Kettle, Asahi, Devant, Flawress, Regent, Sante Barle, Motorace, Prozza, Omega PRO, Tisyu, hotel partners Be Resort, Crimson Resort and Spa, Movenpick Hotel and Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino, technology partner Xurpas, media center sponsor Globe Telecom, and media partners Philippine Star, ABS-CBN Sports+Action, TriLife and AsiaTri.com.