Yakult race: Lorenzo, Tolentino avert PH shutout | Inquirer Sports

Yakult race: Lorenzo, Tolentino avert PH shutout

/ 03:16 AM March 24, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Cindy Lorenzo and Ailene Tolentino prevented an all-Kenyan show in the 25th Yakult 10 Miler Sunday at Cultural Center of the Philippines grounds in Pasay City.

The 24-year-old Lorenzo pulled away from Susan Jemutai in the last six kilometers to prevail in one hour, 2 minutes and 27 seconds.

The Kenyan came in 29 seconds behind while Tolentino was third in 1:03:31.

“There was no looking back after I got away from Susan,” said Lorenzo, who won P7,000, in Filipino. “She must be really tired because she races weekly.”

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Elphiz Kipngettich clocked 48 minutes and 57 seconds to rule the men’s side, where the Kenyans bagged the top five positions in the annual race supported by Mizuno.

Runners-up were Jackson Chirchir (49:29), John Kiprop Samoe (50:13), Eliva Kering (51:59) and Willy Tanui (52:37).

Race director Rudy Biscocho said the Kenyans gave local runners the opportunity to gauge their skills.

“It’s a way to measure the Filipinos’ competitiveness,” said Biscocho.

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Junrel Bendoy topped the 5K event in 15:16, beating Diosmar Garcia (15:22) and Danilo Rapadas (17:01).

Jessa Mae Jaromay took the ladies’ title in 18:27, followed by Sealand Agana (21:16) and Carmencita Obmina-Mua (24:21).

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