Published in The Freeman Newspaper on October 28, 2012 Sunday issue
by Caecent No-ot Magsumbol, Staff Writer
Manny Villaruel, Sports Editor
CEBU, Philippines - Aspiring Cebuano triathlete Justin Chiongbian and his brother Yuan stamped their respective classes in aquathlon event of the 2012 SuperTriKids at the Plantation Bay Resort and Spa yesterday.
After a 300-meter swim around the posh resort's lagoon, Justin came out of the water a distant second to fellow national training pool member Jepoy Santos.
However, the 14-year-old Justin Chiongbian was able to overtake Santos even before the first loop of the run portion could be done.
Justin kept a fast pacing to finish the boys 13-15 aquathlon in 18 minutes and 47 seconds, way ahead of Santos who finished the race in 20:21. Another Cebuano bet Jezreel Tan came out third with a 22:29 clocking.
Yuan Chiongbian, on other hand, topped the boys 11-12 category in 10 minutes and four seconds under a shorter distance than the 13-15 class. Ralph So placed second in 11:10 followed by Richmond Seville with the time of 12:49.
Savannah “Savvi” Chiongbian, for her part, made sure not to be outdone by her 'kuyas' as she ruled the girls 7-under triathlon with the time of eight minutes and 14 seconds. Dhexia Bersabal completed the race in 10 minutes to cop the second place honors.
Savvi’s way on top became easier as her closest rival Mikele Jopson was not able to compete for coming in late.
On the other hand, the Cuyos brothers also had a great time, with Sisco racing unopposed in the boys 7-under and Xeemon ruling the 7-8 division over Seth Perez.
Aldrich Alvez lorded it over in the boys 9-10 age group with the time of 12:31 followed by Eduard So (12:50) and Nyko Archival (4:18).
In the distaff side, Yasmin Priagula reigned supreme in girls 7-8 division with the time of 11:06, while Nyka Archival won the girls 9-10 battle in 15:12.
In the girls aquathlon, Nica Villaba and Ana Patricia "Icamax" Maximo shared the limelight.
Villaba topped the 11-12 action with a 12:20 clocking followed by Aaliyah Mataragnon (12:30) and Nyza Archival (15:45), while Maximo bagged the 13-15 crown in runaway fashion. (FREEMAN)