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Tri United 2: Victory double for Canadian; Torres shows ’em

/ 09:41 PM July 01, 2012

MATTHEW O’Halloran completed an impressive triathlon weekend as the Team Alaska TBB racer copped two titles in two days.

O’Halloran ruled the Elite male division just a day after topping the sprint in the Tri United 2 over the weekend at Playa Laiya in San Juan, Batangas.

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Hardly spent from his sprint race, O’Halloran conquered the 2K swim-60K bike-15K run distance with a time of two hours, 50 minutes and 27 seconds to capture the Elite male crown.

The Canadian racer admitted that he only wanted “to test” the sprint distance.

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O’Halloran’s closest competitor Benjamin Rana of CamSur clocked nearly 20 minutes behind (3:08:26), while veteran August Benedicto of Unilab finished third (3:09:02).

Duathlon queen Monica Torres of TriMac reigned in the women’s Elite (3:19:55), edging former national champion Ani de Leon-Brown (3:31:06)

Former triathlon coach Peter Gonzalez led his PLDT-Bike King crew to the team title (37:48:34), while Unilab Active Health (39:36:50) and TriMac (41:54:48) completed the podium finishers.

Over 620 racers competed in the second of the triathlon trilogy.

Other age-group winners in the sprint distance include Eric Stroem (18-24), Marisol Abad and Luigi Robles (25-29), Andrea Barreto (30-34), Brian Acosta and Kate Abelarde (35-39), Oliver Kempo and Maricel Laxa Pangilinan (40-44), Ronald Honrede (45-49), Edwin Cagiyat (50-54) and Gary Brown (55-above).

In the long distance race, the top finishers were Nino Lagasca and Keisha Fule (18-24), Don Velasco and Izah Sueno (25-29), Philip Atento and Camilla Brooks (30-34), Julian Valencia and Ani Brown (35-39), Peter Gonzalez and Bernstein Tan (40-44), Celma Hitalia (45-above), Albert Altura (45-49), Eduardo Francisco (50-54), Alfredo Santos (55-above) and IMC-PAF Air Force (team relay). Jasmine W. Payo

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