Team Reliance tops Ironman 70.3 all-men relay

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014


WHO would ever think that the all-men relay champion team of the just-concluded Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines in Cebu City will come from Davao City?

The Team Reliance-Tapa King clocked a total of four hours, 16 minutes and 23 seconds, beating Team Roro (4:20:50) and RDAK-A (4:24:21) that placed second and third, respectively.

Australia's The Funtastics (4:36:51) finished fourth followed by Tri-bu Caltex Delo (4:39:21) fifth, Buddies of Tagum City (4:46:43) sixth, NPC-Philippines Paratri (4:47:17) seventh, Tri Mac (4:55:39) eighth, Parokya ni Bok (5:19:33) ninth and Melmac (5:27:00) 10th.

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Team Reliance-Tapa King was bannered by Dabawenyos Jose Joaquin "Joboy" Gonzalez, Dexter Nonato and Michael Jan Echalico.

Southeast Asian (SEA) Games veteran Gonzalez, a varsity scholar at the University of Hawaii, also registered the overall fastest time of 23 minutes and 24 seconds in the 1.9 kilometer swim event.

Multi-titled rider Nonato, for his part, checked in at 2:29:42 in the 90-kilometer bike while Echalico timed 1:19:57 in the 21.1 km event.

"I was surprised that I got the fastest swim time but I'm very grateful for that achievement," Gonzalez told Sun.Star Davao in an e-mailed interview yesterday.

Gonzalez, who steered Davao City to numerous gold medal victories in regional, national and international age-group meets in the past, said: "I feel very happy and blessed that we won the relay event. I also want to congratulate all the triathletes who finished the event. "

The Team Reliance-Tapa King was formed by Gonzalez's older brother Jose Simeon who knew Nonato who happened to also know Echalico.

"The whole experience was new to me so it was very fun and exciting," Gonzalez said of his Ironman stint.

The swimming ace is home to spend his summer vacation. He, however, said he's going to be busy with his studies in Hawaii for the next two years. "I will continue competing there for my school."

Jose Simeon, meanwhile, finished 40th in the male 25 to 29 category with a total time of 6:12:51.

Team Titans Davao president Richard Cagape Sr. placed 113th in male 45-49 while teammate Francisco Mijares finished 194th in male 35-39. John Uyking landed at the 293rd spot in male 40-44.

Adrian James Pangilinan placed 21st in male 18-24 division.

In male 30-34, Team Titans Davao's Marco Polo Reed Trajera was 116th, Hanz Uyking finished 221st and Gene Robert Rebote 233rd.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 06, 2014.

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