Jacobs wins Ironman race

TOP TRIATHLETES - Governor LRay Villafuerte raises Pete Jacob’s arm in victory at the finish line of the second edition of the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines at the CamSur Watersports Complex Sunday, Aug. 22 after the tough Australian’s steely performance dethroned the best efforts of defending champion Terenzo Bozzone of New Zealand (inset left). Magali Tisseyre of Canada (inset right) ruled the women professionals, unfazed by the daunting presence of American iron lady Michellie Jones (inset center) who finished a very close second. - REYES/ARCILLA

PILI, Camarines Sur – Australian Pete Jacobs negotiated the total 113-odd kilometers under sweltering heat 3 hours, 58 minutes and 41 seconds to edge out Terenzo Bozzone of New Zealand in the swim and run segments to capture the Cobra Ironman 70.3 staged for the second successive years here on Sunday, Aug. 22.

Magali Tisseyre of Canada, onher first triathlon try here, ruled the women professionals with best time of 4 hours, 27 minutes and 1 second.

Pete Jacobs was first out of the water eleven seconds ahead of Bozzone in the nearly 2-kilometers of swimming, gave up five seconds in the 90-kilometer biking phase but literally ran away and piled up over seven minutes in the run stage over Bozzone who clocked in at total of 4 hours, five minutes and 54 seconds.

Jacob’s victory gsve him his first major 70.3 triathlon title.  He finished fourth in the maiden race but Bozzone’s championship record of 3:51:25 last year stands as best time in the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines.

Swede Fredrick Croneborg, who got out of the water over two minutes after the lead swimmers, some five minutes behind Bozzone in the bike stage and around half a minute in the run, posted total 4:14:36 for third best overall finish.  Croneborg finished sixth last year.

Leon Griffin of Australia was third out of the water after Jacobs and Bozzone and was in the lead pack most of the time on the bike broke away and finished with best biking time half a minute ahead of Jacobs, but lost steam on the run to finish a respectable fourth with 4:17:30, followed by countryman Courtney Ogden in fifth place with 4:21:00.  Both are here for their first stab at the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines.

Other men professionals and elite triathletes who made it to the magic ten are Erich Felbabel of Hongkong (04:32:36); AJ Anderson of Australia (4:34:20); Neil Catiil of the Philippines (04:37:10), Preddy Grant of Australia (4:40:38) and Arland Macasieb of the Philippines (4:44:08).

American triathlon queen Michellie Jones finished second place among the women professionals (4:29:23) followed by Rachael Paxton of Australia (4:42:38); Monica Torres of the Philippines (5:00:19) at fourth place; Ani Karina de Leon of the Philippines (5:01:56) at fifth; and Alessandra Gonzales of the Philippines (5:05:17) at sixth place.

Nike Park/Smeg Team A captured the first place in men relay with 4:06:25; Ayala Corporate Relay Team (4:19:31); Team Timex RunRio (04:22:42); Tri-North (04:27:30); CamSur Tri Team 2 women relay (4:31:43), CamSur Tri Team Men Relay (04:37:08); Team Herbalife (4:39:18); and CamSur Tri Team 4 Men Relay (04:45:22)

In multi-sport prelude Alaska Ironkids Philippines held Saturday, Aug. 21 at the same venue, age bracket champions are: 6 to 8 years old – Erick Almendral and Tara Borlain; 9 to 10 year – Rafael Peñafiel and Ingrid Dizon; 11 to 12 years – Isaiah Dizon and Therese Santos; and 13-14 years – Allen Santiago and Denise Garcia.

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