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Show of Force flattens field in Davao triathlon
(The Philippine Star) Updated March 15, 2010 12:00 AM
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MANILA, Philippines - Three months after winning his first local title, Australian Rohan Force returned to the same venue to reign again.
The 41-year old Force, a businessman engaging in distributions of nutritional supplements, leaned on his all-around performance to claim line honors in the second leg of the Speedo National Age Group Triathlon Championship raced at the Baywalk Park, Queensland Compound in Davao City.
Mary Pauline Fornea, 16, shared stellar billing with Force, turning in the best time among female triathletes who competed in the race backed by Barangay Matina Emergency Unit, Davao Volunteers Fire Brigade and Davao City Traffic Management Center.
Force, who is also an active triathlete back home, was never challenged as he was in the lead in this 1k swim, 30k bike and 7k run event organized by Triathlon Association of Davao headed by Dr. Oscar Escudero and supported by Speedo.
He made splits of 13:30 in the swim, 49:28 in the bike and finished the race in 32:09 in the run for an accumulated time of one hour, 35 minutes, 7 seconds to claim top honors in the 40-44 male age group.
This was Force’s second win in the same venue after dominating the sixth Mayor’s Cup last November.
Fornea, a scholar of DOST in UP Mindanao, proved she deserved to be in the TRAP national pool as she topped the under-19 category with a 2:09:21 clocking with splits of 15:19, 1:07:22 and 46:40. Fornea, meanwhile, will attend the Subic Training Camp next month before competing in the Asian Juniors and U-23 Championships on May 1 and 2, also in Subic.
Other age group winners in the event supported by the Philippine Sports Commission, Globe Telecom, Sunkist, Vitwater, Rudy Project, Asian Centre for Insulation Philippines and David’s Salon were April John Maniyog (under 19), Jefferson Tabacon (20-24), Glenn Villocino (26-29), Jemarvin Cabilan (30-34), Christopher Eyao (35-39), Rolando Alisan (45-49), Juanito Dionio (50-54), Romeo Lactaoen (55-59) and Edgardo Villar (60-above) in the male.
Cherryl Araneta (20-24), Ivy Joy Herrero (30-34) and Cossette Plaza (35-39) joined Fornea as champions in the female age group.