After the dust had settled, the champions of the inaugural TRI-Factor Asian Championship Series (Philippines) had risen with Billy Biag and Mark Malolot taking the long and standard distances crown, respectively. Here’s a brief rundown of the event that transpired.
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Biag, Malolot top TRI-Factor Asian Series
Billy Biag flashed superb form and dominated the long distance triathlon while Mark Malolot held off Jade Albar in the standard distance as they shared top honors in the TRI-Factor Asian Championship Series at the Camsur Watersports Complex in Camarines Sur last May 26 and 27, 2018.
Biag clocked 3:19:04 to rule the grueling 1.5km swim-60km bike-15km run event, beating Renel Brecenio (3:27:05) by almost eight minutes while Anthony Llaguno III timed 3:50:30 to place third overall in the event, capping the two-day, novel triathlon event which featured a four-leg mass participation series composed of individual swim, bike and run events and a finale triathlon.
Malolot, on the other hand, ruled the 1.5km swim-40km bike-10km run in 2:27:31, foiling Albar, who clocked 2:31:09 while Ryan Laurino placed third overall in 2:38:43 followed by Edgar Cabalero (2:46:37) and Ricky Busran (2:51:59) in the event. Actor Gerald Anderson won in the 25-29 age-group (1:16:15) sprint division with Team De Rosa.
Biag likewise topped the 35-44 age-group with Breceno claiming the crown in the 25-34 category and Regina Rosquites topping the female side in the 25-34 section of the event which served as the third leg of this year’s Asian Series and hosted by CamSur where athletes also provided school supplies and slippers to 200 indigent kids under the “Race to Give” program of Sanctband of One of A Kind Marketing, the marketing arm of Tri-factor in the Philippines.
“I’m looking forward to another cheerful event next year – the people, the place and CamSur are just amazing,” said Elvin Ting, manager director of organizing Orange Room Pte Ltd.
Sharing the spotlight are the top finishers in relay in the Open division of the long distance triathlon, led by Bolima Madler, Platilla Margarito and Lagyap Marino, who timed 3:02:32. Hezron Vasquez, Gil Peña Jr. and Dave de Vera placed second in 3:18:47 while the troika of Ruben Mariano, Inocencio Parza, and Dennis Suz clocked 3:27:36 for third.
“When you’re focused on finishing the race, it is the most amazing feeling. Nothing else matters but to see yourself cross the finish line,” said Gov. Migs Villafuerte, who also graced the event with Rep. LRay Villafuerte with Elle Adda as host.
Malolot, meanwhile, also took the crown in the 16-24 age category with Laurino ruling the 25-34 division and Busran topping the 35-44 side of the event where the winners gained berths in the TRI-Factor Series in Thailand plus weekend stay in Caramoan islands for the 1st placers of Long Distance and Standard distance.
In the sprint distance (740m swim-20km bike-5km run), John Caleb Barlin took the overall crown with a 1:08:29 clocking, beating Louie Ibo and Roman Bonagua, who timed 1:12:52 and 1:14:46, respectively. They also took the top three places in the 16-29 age category.
Junior Oba topped the 30-44 division in 1:29:43 while Aldo Turiano took the 45-and-above crown in 1:33:40 while Faith Robertson (16-29) and Keigh Pascual (30-44) reigned in female side in 1:27:28 and 1:32:30, respectively.
TRI-Factor Asian Championship series celebrates their 10th year doing four-leg mass participating series in a number of countries across Asia such as Malaysia, China, Indonesia and Thailand.
The next TRI-Factor series will be in Thailand on June 17, 2018.