John Alcala, Ines Santiago rule wet Ironman

Ines Santiago Ironman


SUBIC–It rained and rained however the downpour hardly stopped nor cooled down the fearless triathletes, who swam, biked and ran the IRONMAN 70.3 Subic Bay with nice resolve in exacting circumstances right here on Sunday.

John Dedeus Alcala withstood the robust waves and windy circumstances within the bike then pushed himself with all of the energy he may muster within the closing run stage to pound out the win in 4:43:45 whereas Ines Santiago dominated the opening swim and cruised to victory in 5:35:59 in her aspect of the 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21km run race on the Subic Bay Boardwalk.

With a pack of bidders from 33 international locations nonetheless disputing the centerpiece Century Tuna IRONMAN Philippines crowns at press time, Alcala and Santiago took the highlight within the half-triathlon, together with $1,000 every, in damp and chilly circumstances.

Alcala put up the sort of end he flaunted in stealing the present – however in stifling warmth (4:32:20) – within the inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Princesa in Palawan final November, racing at his personal tempo within the swim (39:19) and bike (2:33:21) earlier than pouring it out with a greatest 1:27:05 clocking within the run leg.

Alcala barely held off younger Irienold Reig, Jr., who splashed his approach to the early lead in 0:31:27 (swim), held sway with a 2:40:07 clocking in bike however didn’t match Alcala’s robust end and large strides, ending in 1:28:29 for an general time of 4:44:46.

“It was difficult, particularly within the swim and bike as a result of the waves have been actually tough and once I was on the bike, it was windy and I needed to grip on my dropbars so I gained’t be affected. However when it was my flip to run, it was okay. I imply, this actually couldn’t be referred to as the IRONMAN if isn’t difficult,” mentioned Alcala.

“The turning level I feel was on the final 15k. There was somebody behind me the entire time and I gave it my all within the final 1k even when I collapsed on the end,” he added.

John Alcala Ironman


The robust swim circumstances truly compelled the withdrawal of some bidders however Alcala and the remainder endured and survived one of many hardest checks in endurance racing.

“I at all times give my greatest, to point out my household, my sponsors that I gave it my all as a result of what they’ve contributed is what retains me going. And that is for my future as effectively,” mentioned Alcala.

August Benedicto, winner of the IRONMAN 70.3 Cebu final 12 months, wound up third in 4:48:28 with leg clockings of 39:02 (swim)-2:30:40 (bike)-1:34:21 (run), whereas Kenneth Bonda and Satar Salem took the subsequent two spots in 4:48:33 (37:59-2:33:26-1:32:39) and 4:55:33 (34:03-2:32:15-1:42:37), respectively.

Whereas Alcala wanted to unleash a robust ending kick to steal the lads’s general crown, Santiago pulled away with an enormous swim begin (39:23) then sustained her cost within the subsequent two levels (2:58:29 bike and 1:51:40 run), beating Beverly Cariño by virtually 18 minutes.

Cariño timed 5:53:34 (55:28 swim, 3:00:08 bike and 1:51:10 run) whereas Mary Jane Baluyot posted a 6:04:16 clocking for third, her 2:53:18 time in bike topped Santiago’s effort however she may solely publish 54:36 in swim and a pair of:04:08 within the closing run half.

Other than the money prizes courtesy of Century Pacific Meals COO and EVP Greg Banzon, Alcala and Santiago, together with 28 others, earned berths within the Vinfast IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship slated Aug. 26-27 in Lahti, Finland.

Alcala and Santiago additionally led the winners in varied age group classes with the previous bagging the lads’s 30-34 title and the latter pocketing the ladies’s 40-44 diadem within the occasion organized by The IRONMAN Group/Dawn Occasions, Inc.

Different age-group winners have been Reig (18-24), Salem (25-29), Benedicto (35-39), Jarmo Makelainen (40-44 – 5:09:47), Miguel Lopez (45-49 ­– 5:23:41), Jason Edwards (50-54 – 5:16:58), Andrew Hughes (55-59 – 5:05:26) and Michael Klose (60-64 – 5:46:24).

Anne Nuñez, who positioned fifth general, topped the ladies’s 18-24 aspect in 6:18:05, whereas Almira Lopez dominated the 25-29 class in 6:25:54. Cariño grabbed the 30-34 plum, Baluyot bagged the 35-39 crown; Liew Solar snared the 45-49 title in 6:46:41 and Hitalia Celma reigned within the 55-59 class in 6:24:37.

Staff Century Superbod Trihard, in the meantime, captured the general relay crown in 4:58:18, besting Staff Gasoline Teaching (5:07:48) and Staff Lifewave (5:09:34), whereas Staff Les Meres Feroces posted a 6:16:10 clocking to beat Staff Southplus Multisport (6:25:09) and Staff Jesfam Tri (6:34:36) for the all-female relay crown.

Staff Century Superbod Trihard additionally clinched the all-male relay trophy whereas The Swim Academy PH staff claimed the blended relay title in 5:26:52 with Staff Davy and Staff Palmera 1 Tri-Staff ending second and third with 5:30:23 and 5:41:47 clocking, respectively.


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