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Santiago, Powell top Century Tuna Animo sprint
(The Philippine Star) Updated June 11, 2012 12:00 AM
MANILA, Philippines – Competing in his first Century Tuna Animo Sprint Triathlon proved rewarding for 19-year-old Mervin Santiago as he joined Mariela Martinez-Powell in winning the overall titles yesterday at the Narra Park inside Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa.
A badminton varsity player from UP, Santiago showed that his victory in the last SUBIT was no fluke as he ruled the male overall class in 1 hour, 40 minutes, 10 seconds in the 900m swim, 30K bike and 7.5K run presented by Century Tuna and organized by the De La Salle Brothers and spearheaded by La Salle Greenhills Batch 81.
“I’m in triathlon for the past one and a half years and decided to take the sport as an added challenge to myself. I’m enjoying the sport and the win will help inspire me to keep on improving,” said Santiago.
Abe Tayag was a far second (1:48:14) while Deo Timbol was third (1:49:22).
Powell, meanwhile, had difficulty negotiating the bike route but still her efforts went unmatched by her challengers as she took her second straight female title in this race held in cooperation with the Triathlon Association of the Philippines, Ayala Alabang Village Association (AAVA) and Philippine Sports Commission.
Powell, 44, clocked 2:06:46 to win over Hanna Miel Sanchez (2:07:18) and Mari Grace Maligaya (2:08:48).
The two-day race, also supported by Arena, Gatorade, David’s Salon, South Mall and Goldilocks, drew 485 triathletes, including 133 young participants that competed in Saturday’s SuperTriKids.
“We have fewer participants this year simply because there are other triathlon events staged earlier. But we’re happy with the turnout because the quality of the races was good and the event was well organized,” said Greg Banzon, general manager of Century Pacific Corporation and a member of LSG Batch 81.
Part of the proceeds of this event that also drew the support of Philippine Star, One Sport, Multisport and SBR as media partners, will be used as scholarship fund for the St. Jaime Hilario Integrated School-La Salle in Bataan.
Banzon incidentally emerged champion in the male 45-49 age class and while other male winners were Jason Gaviola (16-19), Huxley Yu (20-24), Raymund Gerard Velasco (25-29), Dan Carlo Buenaventura (30-34), Ivan Fojas (35-39), Don Romero (40-44), Arthur Ifurung (1:59:18) and Nonoy Basa (Residents).
Rounding out the female champions were Lara Martinez (16-24), Maria Katrina Amistoso (25-34), Ivy Mendoza (35-44), Nancy Matton (45 & over) and Elaine Andaya (Residents).
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