04 February 2013

Patillan, Echauz Top YOG Elims

Olongapo bet Jimuel Patillan outlasted Cebu's Justin Liam Chiongbian in a wild rush to the finish to rule the second Youth Olympic Games (YAG) qualifying tournament yesterday at the Dungaree Beach in Subic.

In topping the event, Patillan summoned his remaining energy in the final 200 meters to beat out his rival.

Organized by the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP) in cooperation with Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Tourism Department, the race was staged in a new distance of 500-m swim, 20-k bike and 2.5-k run with Patillan posting 55 minutes and 12.32 seconds.

Chiongbian, who settled for third in the Batang Pinoy National Finals last December in Iloilo behind Patillan and gold medal winner Sixto Louie Lalanto, clocked 55:12:79 while Mandaluyong City bet Samuel Ranque took third with 55:37.00.

Magali Bernasconi Echauz stamping her class anew in the women's with 1:01:25. A far second was local bet Victoria Deldio at 1:02:22 while Laguna's Jessica Salazar took third in 1:08:05 time.

Patillan was ahead after the swim and bike leg but Chiongbian and Ranque made their moves in the run event to make the contest more exciting. (Manila Bulletin)