LAPU-LAPU CITY — Mauricio Mendez topped the Regent Aguila Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship, winning by under a minute on Sunday at Shangri-La Mactan Resorts & Spa, Lapu-Lapu City.
The 22-year old Mendez clocked three hours, 46 minutes and 45 seconds, with Tyler Butterfield of Bermunda finishing just 54 seconds behind. Braden Currie of New Zealand was third in 3:48:12.
“Super happy at first. I trained and I prepare myself to win but I didn’t know what to expect cause everyone still the same. They are all super strong athletes. I’m just grateful and really happy to take the win,” said Mauricio Mendez.
“I love racing here. I much appreciate the way everyone here,” he added.
Tim Reed, eyeing a third AsPac 70.3 title, fell short of the podium, settling for fourth with a time of 03:52:51.
In the women’s pro, Czech Radka Vodickova won in 4:12:13, followed by Caroline Steffen, 04:21:46 and Melissa Hauschildt, 04:22:50.
“I had a great season this year. I just keep doing well especially in the heat and I love racing in the Philippines,” said Radka Vodickova.
Radka also dominated the women’s race of the Alveo Ironman 70.3 in Davao just months after giving birth.