Latest Stories

Jacobs eyes 4th Ironman title; rains halt kids event


TOUGH TEENS  The first wave of participants in the IronKids boys’ 13-14 category jump into the sea just outside Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City on Saturday. Organizers were forced to reset the 300-meter-swim-8-kilometer-bike-2-kilometer-run competition for other age-group events because of bad weather. AUGUST DE LA CRUZ

LAPU-LAPU CITY—Pete Jacobs of Australia and Caroline Steffen of Switzerland look to extend their dominance over a field that seems to get more formidable every year in the fifth staging of the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines here.

Jacobs has ruled the premier pro division in the last three stagings and the Aussie remains the favorite this year, despite the return of two-time world champion and compatriot Chris McCormack to the fold.

But McCormack isn’t the only standout triathlete that Jacobs will be worried about.

As if the 1.9K swim0-90.1K-bike and 21.1K-run course isn’t enough, the Aussie will also have to contend with what McCormack described as a spectacularly “stacked field” which also includes Cameron Brown of New Zealand, Alaska TBB’s Matt O’ Halloran, Ben Allen of Australia and Fredrik Croneberg of Sweden.

“It’s fantastic to be back as the field seems to get stronger every year,” said Jacobs, who is using the race to warm up for another event in Hawaii later this year.

Unlike Jacobs, McCormack is already treating the race as his premier event for the year.

“I used this race as preparation for the world championship in 2009, but this is already my main race this year,” said McCormack.

Steffen, who bucked jetlag and the heat to nail the crown last year, headlines the women’s pro division, where long-time national athlete Monica Torres will be making her debut.

Having won the Filipino Elite the past four years, Torres moved up to the pro division, where she will contend with the likes of Bree Wee of the United States, Belinda Granger of Australia, Jacqui Slack of Great Britain, Christie Sym of Australia and Darelle Parker of Great Britain.

This year’s Ironman is the biggest yet with 2,150 participants from 35 countries seeing action in different categories and the relay events. The race starts with the open water swim at the beach of Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort, followed by a bike leg with a route that covers four cities—Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, Cebu City and Talisay. The culminating run will start at Punta Engaño, also in Lapu-Lapu City.

While triathletes are using the Ironman to test their physical limits, some personalities see the race as an opportunity to promote their advocacy, among them singer apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas.

The Filipino-American, whose real name is Allan Pineda,  is participating in the relay event to create awareness for his advocacy in helping kids in Mindanao gain access to education.


Meanwhile, Lauren Justine Plaza retained her girls’ 11-12 title with a time of 33 minutes and two seconds in the Alaska IronKids event that was cut short by inclement weather.

Only half of the events were staged after heavy rains and strong winds hit Mactan Island yesterday morning.

Among the races that were canceled was the one that would have featured the country’s top young triathlete, Tara Borlain, who was supposed to race against McCormack’s daughter, Tahlia, in the 9-10 division.

Ruling the boys’ 11-12 division was Bambam Manglicmot of Quezon City, who timed 31:38. Hong Kong’s Arno Baetz topped the 13-14 category (29:59) while Shaia Ruth Uy of Dipolog City checked in at 34:32 to claim the girls’ title.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Caroline Steffen , Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 , Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines , Pete Jacobs

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. Vietnam says it will not host Asian Games
  2. Pacquiao back in PH, heads home to wife, kids
  3. Manny Pacquiao in PBA? If so, he’ll wear No. 17
  4. Duke freshman declares for NBA draft
  5. Power Pinays smash India in Asian Women’s Club volleyball opener
  6. Freddie Roach: I’m satisfied; Manny Pacquiao did well
  7. Federer would skip tennis to be with wife, newborn
  8. Nadal passes clay landmark with 300th victory
  9. Ginebra’s new import Freeman arrives, makes PBA return vs ROS
  10. After Pacquiao, BIR chief Henares runs after boxing fans
  1. ‘Mommy D’ steals show as son fights
  2. Pacquiao wins unanimous decision vs Bradley to reclaim WBO title
  3. Pacquiao: I’m ready for Mayweather bout
  4. Manny Pacquiao: I’ll have everything back
  5. Mommy Dionisia explains ‘vodoo’ act vs Bradley
  6. Pacquiao punching power ‘way harder’ in first fight—Bradley
  7. Wrestling star Ultimate Warrior’s cause of death revealed
  8. My ideal weight is 140, declares Pacquiao
  9. Pacquiao ‘strong, faster’ for tiff
  10. Bradley to Pacquiao: You better be ready
  1. ‘Mommy D’ steals show as son fights
  2. Pacquiao wins unanimous decision vs Bradley to reclaim WBO title
  3. Pacquiao: I’m ready for Mayweather bout
  4. Mayweather surprise visitor to Bradley camp
  5. Bradley won’t last distance– Peñalosa
  6. Manny Pacquiao: I’ll have everything back
  7. Mommy Dionisia explains ‘vodoo’ act vs Bradley
  8. Pacquiao punching power ‘way harder’ in first fight—Bradley
  9. Wrestling star Ultimate Warrior’s cause of death revealed
  10. Tapering off: Pacquiao already at 147 lb


  • Boat capsizes in Indonesia; 7 dead, 30 rescued
  • Suspected militant, son killed in Thailand’s south
  • Iran mother spares life of son’s killer after campaign
  • Japan to hunt fewer whales in Pacific this season
  • Deal brings no immediate change to eastern Ukraine
  • Sports

  • Pacquiao shorts in Bradley fight sold for P1.7M in LA auction
  • Ryu pitches Dodgers past Giants
  • Alonso sets the pace in Chinese GP practice
  • Heat seek Three-peat but Spurs, Pacers top seeds
  • Can Spurs get back at Heat? Can they survive West?
  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • EXO postpones release of mini album ‘Overdose’
  • ‘X-men’ filmmaker slams ‘fabricated’ sex attack claims
  • Singer Chris Brown’s bodyguard on trial in DC
  • Whoopi Goldberg debuts as marijuana columnist
  • ‘X-men’ director accused of sex assault on teen boy
  • Business

  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay
  • Asian shares mostly up in quiet trade
  • Dollar up in Asia on US jobs data, Ukraine deal
  • Barbie doll has a problem
  • Oil prices mixed ahead of long Easter weekend
  • Technology

  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Filipinos #PrayForSouthKorea
  • Taylor Swift tries video blogging, crashes into fan’s bridal shower
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • DoH denies Filipino nurse no longer positive for MERS virus
  • WHO warns vs spread of MERS-Cov, urges vigilance in taking precautions
  • Last call for nominations to ’14 Presidential Awards
  • San Francisco business coalition slams proposed tax on sugary drinks
  • A ‘time-travel’ production of ‘Les Miserable’ at Stanford
  • Marketplace