Mataragnon wins in Hong Kong triathlon

THREE of Cebu’s top junior women triathletes—Aaliyah Ricci Mataragnon, Issa Priagula and Catherine Angeli Yu—shone in the 2015 Hong Kong ASTC Sprint Triathlon Asian Cup after snagging a silver medal apiece yesterday in the Lantau Island, Hong Kong.

Mataragnon of Sacred Heart Schoo-Hijas de Jesus has just recovered from a viral infection but was still able to pull off a second place finish in the Youth Female 2000 division in 49 minutes and 43 seconds in a sprint distance race.

The 14-year-old of Jumbo Plastic Linoleum came out of the water in 7:46, completed the bike segment in 20:59 and finished the run course in 13:54.

Mataragnon had a mechanical problem at the start of the race after her timing chip fell, yet she continued and chased the lead pack while holding her timing chip. Mataragnon was able to salvage second place and was assisted by the medic at the finish line.

Priaguala, on the other hand, soared in the women’s junior division (16 to 19 years old) with a time of 1:05:18. The stand-out triathlete of Maria Montessori International School completed the swim part in 8:51, finished the bike segment in 34:40 and ended the final run segment in 14:46.

Yu of Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu also nabbed a silver in the youth female 2003, after crossing the finish line in 49:13. She clocked 8:58 in the swim segment, 21:22 in the bike portion and 12:46 in the run.

Ritche Mataragnon, the father of Aaliyah, said that his daughter might had over pushed in the final kilometers of the route in trying to catch up to the lead pack. He said that Aaliyah was playing catch up since the swim part, when her timing chip fell.

“Natagak iya timing chip but she continued on the race and placed second. We are proud because despite what happened she still made it to the podium,” said Ritche.

Louisa Middleditch (47:44) topped the youth female 2000, Tam Nga Man (57:22) won gold in the female junior division and Pan Yu Ting (47:21) won the first place in the youth female 2003.

Other Cebu junior triathletes who graced the race were Justin Chiongbian (1:12:09), who was in the 13th place among the tough field of men’s junior elite; Fredric Albert Chiongbian (45:35), who finished 12th in the men’s open; Ralph Eduard So (1:09:51), who was 11th in the male 2000 division; Nicole Marie del Rosario (1:01:17), who placed seventh in the female 2003; and Eduard Russel So (1:00:12), who was 13th in the male 2003 division.

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