Cebuanos make top 3 in Singapore triathlon

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Sunday, August 17, 2014


YUAN Chiongbian got second place and Ralph Eduard So finished third in the youth boys 14-15 division of the Singapore International Triathlon yesterday at East Coast Park.

Early results of the Singapore International Triathlon website listed So as the second placer after finishing the 200-meter swim, 12-kilometer bike and 1.5-kilometer run in 34:28, while Chiongbian was third with a time of 34:31.

However, there was a glitch and and during the awarding, organizers changed the order, giving the second place to Chiongbian. Aaron Shane Tan finished first in 34:26.

“I raised a complaint and the organizers and the people there also saw the same that he (Yuan) came second. I think it was on the blue chip timing because it was not yet final and it was corrected,” Millete Chiongbian, Yuan’s mother, told Sun.Star Cebu in a phone interview. “But nothing is major about the matter, it was just corrected.”

Millette added that one of the officials Rachel Ribo explained that the timing mat on the finish line was moved far from the finish line.

Chiongbian blasted the race off with a good swim and finished it in 3 minutes and 4 seconds, five seconds ahead of Tan. In the bike segment, Tan pedaled his way to grab the lead with a time of 21:37, while So was a minute behind. Chiongbian, who had a flat tire, finished the second segment in 21:44.

In the run part, the two Cebuano stalwarts both pushed it to the finish and had a better time than Tan, but the lead the Singaporean gained on the bike was enough to give him the title by two seconds.

Meanwhile, Shaia Ruth Uy (38:18) and Aaliyah Mataragnon (38:39) got the fourth and fifth, places respectively, in the youth girls 14-15 division, respectively.

Ritchie Mataragnon, father of Aaliyah, said he was happy with the finish of her daughter, who was the bronze medalist in the Alaska Ironkids last Aug.2.

“She injured her left shoulder in the local race last Saturday in South Road Properties (SRP) but it was great because she still managed to finished fifth,” Ritchie shared.

Today, it will be the turn of Justin Chiongbian to compete in the junior elite division, which offers a 750-meter swim, 18K bike and 5K run. (RSC)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 17, 2014.

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