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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Canadian rules Subic triathlon

SUBIC 03 champion Canadian Matt O’Hara claimed line honors, while compatriot David Verlee took the official overall title in yesterday morning’s 1st Anvaya Cove Invitational Triathlon at the Anvaya Cove and Nature Club in Bataan.

O’Hara, a professional elite triathlete training in Subic, beat national champion George Vilog, overtaking him in the last loop of the 6-kilometer run that followed the 1-km swim and 30-km bike legs. O’Hara clocked 1:40.08 while Vilog checked in at 1:40.54.

“This is just a training run for me. This is actually my first [tournament] since I broke my collarbone while training a few months ago,” said the 22-year-old O’Hara.

Vilog said had he known of O’Hara’s strategy, he would have stuck with him all the way. “Dapat tinutukan ko na lang, akala ko kasi laspag na siya sa bike.”

The 39-year-old Verlee, chief executive of his own energy savings company, was not really expecting to win this highly technical course featuring lots of uphill and downhill parts, with both the mountain and the sea as backdrop.

“I just do this for fun and I guess I was just lucky today, it was a very well-organized event,” said Verlee, who clocked 1:52.15.

Official runners-up were Ferdinand Catabian in 1:56.45 and Jose Antonio Narciso, who completed the sprint race in 2:03.51.

Other winners were Jan Harley Bangayan (20 to 24 age-group), Jose Juan Carballo (25-29), Roy Hervias (30-34) Martin de Castro (35-39), Lorenzo Ocampo (40- 44), Anthony Welsh (45-49), who was in the same group where Ayala Corp.’s Fernando Zobel de Ayala finished third. By Lito Cinco - Manila Standard Today

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