DAVAO City’s Mona Lisa Ambasa and Kenyan Isaac Simat nabbed the titles in the 16-kilometer women’s and men’s division of the Eye Run yesterday at Cebu Doctors’ Hospital University.
Ambasa avenged her loss last June 1 as she clocked in at 1 hour , 14 minutes and 35 seconds to beat Cebuano Lovely Fe Andrin, who came second in 1:15:10. Ambasa she finished second to Andrin in women’s 10K in the ‘Dagan Para sa Kalikupan’ run last week.
It was the third run in Cebu for the 31-year-old Davao City stalwart.
“In Davao, we don’t have many running competitions. Here in Cebu mas daghan gyud. I’m training here in Cebu for this month, and I’ll return to Davao next month,” Ambasa said.
In men’s division, Simat remained resilient and clocked in 56:39 to top fellow Kenyan Douglas Mwiti, who crossed the finish line in 58:25. Simat has ruled three running events-- Fitness Festival Run, Dagan Para sa Kalikupan and the Eye Run—in less than 10 days. Michael Largo came in at third with a time of 1:01:01, while Terso Pamaybay and Gerry Alegarbes got the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.
In the 8K category, Kenyan Abraham Missos crossed the finish line in 32:08 to top the men’s division, he was followed by Prince Joy Lee in 28:38. Another Kenyan, James Mibie came third in 28:48. In the women’s division, Cebu’s running pride Mary Joy Tabal, who just came from an impressive 32K win in the Run United last June 1, clocked 32:08 and stamped her class in a shorter distance.
“This run was part of my transition since I had a 32K in Luneta, I joined the 8K today for me to enhance and regain my speed,” Tabal told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday. “I really like this run because they had the right time interval, wala jud mag-abot ang 8K and 16K runners.”
Cheryl Andrin (36:07) came second, while Ruffa Sorongan (37:35) got third.