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Malaya Business Insight: Sante Barley inaugural champ in Unilab series

SANTE Barley Tri Team clocked a total of 26 hours, 36 minutes and 11 seconds to emerge as inaugural team champion in the Unilab Active Health Tri United 1 series that kicked off at the Subic Bay Freeport yesterday.

Checking in second, less than 11 minutes behind, was the PLDT Bike King that clocked 26:47:27, with Fitness First (27:11:53) rounding out the podium finishers.

Mervin Rencel Santiago, Robinson Esteves, Jojo Macalintal, Jason Paul Gaviola, Junrox Roque, Lylian Grace Banzon, Julla Timan, John Patrick Rivera, Robert Jonah Rivera and Jesus Joey Marcelo made up the winning squad.

Living up to their billings, pre-race favorites and national team members John Chicano and Kim Mangrobang ruled the elite men and women categories of the standard distance, respectively. Chicano covered the 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run event in 2:02:02 while Mangrobang clocked 2:20:37.

“With the heart-warming turnout, we are happy to have provided our triathletes an avenue for their tune-up run in the Asian Triathlon Championship next month,” said Lester Castillo, Unilab Active Health executive.

The gold medalists in the standard distance of the event sponsored by Unilab Active Health, Aboitiz Power, Enervon Aktiv, Enervon HP, I-on Energy Drink, Hydrite. Bike King, 3rd District of Bohol, Pocari Sweat, Timex, Crystal Clear purified water and Orbea were: men (20 to 24): Mervin Rencel Santiago, Santi Barley (2:16:41); (25 to 29) Don Velasco, Secondwind Sun Broadband (2:19:04); (30 to 34): Joseph Ian Ramirez, Fitness First (2:20:53);

(35 to 39): Javy Olives, Unilab Active Health (2:23:13); (40 to 44): Martin Lorenzo, PLDT Bike King (2:20:29); (45 to 49): Abet Alon-alon, Starfish Tri (2:29:16) (50 to 54): Jaime Lopez, Starfish Tri (2:40:35); (55 above): Alvin Alindogan, Team C24/7 (2:34:56);

Women (20 to 24): Julia Timan, Sante Barley (2:46:37); (25 to 29): Keshia Fule, Trangkaso (2:2:40:57); (30 to 34): Anna Stroh, Trimac (2:29:34); and (35 to 39): Camilla Brooks, PLDT Bike King (2:34:35); (40 to 44): Rhodora Ellis, Fitness First (2:41:32) and (45-above): Celma Hitalla, Kram Yoga Alabang Xtrm (2:46:56).

T12 Camelbak Tri Team C grabbed the gold medal in the relay race in 2:18:42 while Meralco-Smart Lightspeed A finished second in 2:21:47. Fitness First came in third in 2:23:21.

Former RP team coach Dan Brown of Australia clocked 1:07:59 and led Allen Santiago (1:10:03) and Marc Altura (1:12:04) to the winners’ circle in the sprint (half of the standard distance) elite class.

Unilab Active Health teammates Sam Ranque and Magali Echauz dominated the sprint teens 15-16 years with respective times of 1:12:30 and 1:20:54 to lead the sprint winners. Bea Hufana topped the 17-18 years class.

Topping their respective age categories in the sprint event were: men (29-below): Jared Makalalad, Team C24/7 (1:09:11); (30 to 39): Alexander Cenzon (1:16:21); (40 to 49): David Bucad, T12 Camel Bak (1:28:17) and (50-above): Juancho Balatibat, UPLB Tarantados (1:56:41); women (29-below): Patricia Lee (1:35:40), (30 to 39): Mari Grace Maligaya, Century Tuna Tri Hard (1:31:10) and (40-above): Angela Respecki, Greenhills Tri Team (1:32:54)

Complete results are available on www.unilabactivehealth.com

Action resumes on July 7 at Laiya, San Juan for the second leg of the four-leg series.

Origin post: http://www.malaya.com.ph/~malayaco/index.php/sports/26084-sante-barley-inaugural-champ-in-unilab-series


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