Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Cebu’s Le bags silver in Vietnam

SILVER. Karl Greyson Le is all smiles after a second place finish in the Asia-Pacific Championships in Danang, Vietnam. (Contributed photo)

CEBUANO triathlete Karl Greyson Le nabbed silver medal in the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship in Danang, Vietnam last Sunday, May 12.

Le clocked 4 hours, 55 minutes and 50 seconds in the 1.9-kilometer swim, 90K bike and 21K run race. He finished at second place in the men’s 18-24 age group, despite acquiring a 10-minute penalty in the bike portion.

Peng Liu of China finished first with a total time of 4:55:10, while Hongkong’s Yu Hang Kok came in 4:58:02 to settle for third place.

“I had to recover from being at fifth place after the penalty,” Le told SunStar Cebu, adding that the penalty was from bike drafting and arguing with a marshal.

Le relied on his strong run to catch up with the lead pack. He finished the run segment in 1:43:36 after clocking a time of 2:36:09 in the bike portion.

“(It was a) tough day here in the Techcombank Ironman 70.3 Vietnam Asia Pacific Championships. I couldn’t complain more, a second spot here in the podium is good enough, despite the 10-minute bike penalty,” he said.

Le started the race at the middle of the pack after clocking 30:48 in the swim portion, behind early leader Kok, who finished the first phase of the race in 25:22.

It was Le’s second time to join a 70.3 race in Vietnam following his third place finish in 2017. (RSC)


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