AUSTRALIAN athletes took five of the six podium finishes in the inaugural Regent 5150 triathlon held in Subic Bay last Sunday.
Sam Betten was the fastest man with a time of one hour, 59 minutes and 23 seconds at the finish line, finishing two minutes ahead of countryman Mitchell Kibby (2:01:24). Early favorite Casey Munro was bothered by the heat and had to settle for third with a time of 2:01:31.
“I went out of the ride and hit the run as hard as I could and that was my tactic and it worked to perfection,” said Betten, a runner-up in the Cobra Ironman 70.3 last year in Cebu who emerged second in the swim and bike stage but made his move in the run leg.
In the distaff side, Belinda Granger (2:21:46) used her familiarity with the former US Navy Base to gain a decided advantage, besting younger competitor Dimity-Lee Duke (2:23:48).
Local bet Monica Torres came in third (2:25:07) and averted an Aussie sweep of the podium places.
“For the first time all year, I actually felt like I was racing in the run. That made the difference. I’ve been swimming and biking well all year but I don’t get the run down every single time. But today, I was happy to have a great run and I was able to hold off Dimity and Monica who also had a spectacular race,” said Granger.
Alaska Tri Aspire teammates Banjo Norte and Paul Jumamil made it a 1-2 finish in the Filipino elite while LC Langit ruled the women's elite race.