28 October 2013

De Leon, Rana rule Tri United

UNILAB Active Health’s triathletes Benjamin Rana Jr. and Ani Karina de Leon-Brown ruled their respective events the Elite division even as new faces Juan Carlos Abad and Christianne Nicolle de Vera shone the Teens division in yesterday’s l TRI United 3 held at the Dungraree Beach in Subic.

Rana won the 1.5-km swim, 40-km bike and 10-km run pulling away as he timed two hours, five minutes and 37 seconds to beat out UAH teammates Mark Anthony Husana (2:11:00) and Philip Atento (2:13:58).

The win was Rana’s first victory since 2011 in triathlon races held in Subic.

De Leon- Brown, however, needed to sweat in out in the run leg to ward off the challenge of Kristina Beckendorf the title.

“I really thought it was going to be more of a relaxing race for me until I noticed that Kristina was slowly gaining on me in the run, so in the end, I really needed to work hard for it,” said De Leon-Brown, who clocked in at 2:33:05.

Beckendorf had the second best time at 2:34:33 but she competed in the 35-39 age group to claim the gold medal.

Joining the four individual winners was Team Santy Barley which dominated the Team competition with accumulated time of 27 hours and 15 minutes.

Billed as the Elite and Age Group Championships, the race organized by BIKEKING which is headed by Raul Cuevas, and supported by Unilab Active Health, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Tourism Department (SBMA), Enervon Active, Enervon HP, I-ON Energy Drink, Hydrite, AboitizPower, Pocari Sweat, TIMEX, Crystal Clear Purified Water, Corima and Orbea, attracted 464 participants.

Meanwhile, Abad and De Vera banked on their impressive showings in the swim to anchor their victories in the Teens division which was held half the distance of the Elite. (Manila Bulletin)