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7th Cobra Ironman 70.3 winners recognized

| by: Cris Lanie Delos Reyes
(L-R) 2015 Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines Champs - PRO Male: Tim Reed, PRO Female: Caroline Steffen, FILIPINO ELITE August Benedicto, FILIPINO ELITE Female: Monica Torres. Photo Courtesy from Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines Facebook Page

The world’s top triathletes were seen in action in the 7th Cobra Ironman 70.3 at Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa last August 2.

With its record-breaking 2,618 registered participants representing 52 countries, this year’s IronMan 70.3 was bigger than the previous competitions, said Sunrise Events’ general manager Princess Galura.

The triathletes faced a demanding 90 km bike course from Mactan Newtown passing through the Marcelo Fernan Bridge to the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) at 13 km where the first medical station was situated.

From CICC, the athletes headed underneath the Cebu South Coastal Road tunnel and enjoyed the flat wide roads of Cebu South Coastal Road where they made their first turn around at 29 km.

After their first turn around at Talisay City, the athletes headed back to CICC for their next turn around at 45 km. The participants again made a turn around from the mountainside road to the seaside road and headed back to Talisay City for their final turn at 61 km.

After the final turn around, they headed back to CICC at 77 km to Marcelo Fernan Bridge and went back to Punta Engano to the transition point in Mactan Newtown for the 21 km run course.

What made this year’s IronMan special was the crowd along the route who braved the very hot weather.

Dimity-Lee Duke, 3rd place for women’s division, said the spectators cheering them along the course were a good confidence booster.

The crowd included locals from Cebu, sports enthusiasts, fans and some curious spectators.

_MG_7091Bike course

Men and Women Pro Division

Tim Reed finished the bike event in two hours, three minutes and 21 seconds followed by Tim Van Berkel in 2 hours 3 minutes, and 16 seconds, while last year’s champion Brent McMahon was 2 seconds short for the third place.

In the women’s division, sixth place Carole Fuchs took the lead in the bike event with two hours, 24 minutes and 47 seconds followed by Caroline Steffen who suffered a crash in her two hours, 25 minutes and 44 seconds record. Belinda Granger registered third in the women’s pro class with two hours, 25 minutes and 47 seconds record.

Filipino Elite Men and Women Division

Filipino Elite Benjamin Rana Jr. clocked two hours, 22 minutes and 25 seconds, leading the Filipino pact, followed by Kristiane Glendale Lim registering two hours, 23 minutes and 28 seconds and August Benedicto in his two hours, 23 minutes and 48 seconds record.

Filipina triathlete Monica Torres continued to make her way to the top with her two hours, 27 minutes and three seconds in the bike run, outsmarting Maria Hodges with two hours, 36 minutes and 17 seconds record followed by Lc Langit who registered two hours, 36 minutes and 54 seconds finish.

From the bike run transition, athletes ran the two-loop course for the final 21 km race.

11752555_933257296716174_9145028944999766900_nOverall Results

Men and Women Pro Division

The native Australian triathlete Tim Reed registered three hours, 46 minutes and 2 seconds besting his buddy Tim Van Berkel. also from Australia, by two seconds.

Last year’s champion Brent McMahon settled at the third spot with his three hours, 50 minutes and 23 seconds record.

If there was one thing that the high-caliber Caroline Steffen proved during the race, it was the attitude of not giving up. Even if Steffen suffered a crash during the bike event, she managed to continue the race while feeling a few aches.

Her drive pushed a convincing finish with her four hours, 23 minutes and 54 seconds record, defending her title from the last year’s Ironman.

The 25-year old American triathlete Beth Gerdes finished second place who registered four hours, 29 minutes and seven seconds followed by 32-year old Australian Dimity-Lee Duke with her four hours, 29 minutes and 36 seconds record.

Filipino Elite Men and Women Division

The reigning Filipino elite champion August Benedicto successfully defended his title by finishing the whole race in four hours, 28 minutes and 36 seconds.

Benedicto finished first by six seconds, leaving the second spot to 29-year-old John Philip Duenas who registered four hours, 28 minutes and 42 seconds followed by 22-year-old Banjo Norte with his four hours, 29 minutes and 5 seconds record. Meanwhile, the Filipino Elite for female division Monica Torres secured the title by finishing the three events in four hours, 39 minutes and 37 seconds.

Second place Maria Hodges registered four hours, 53 minutes and nine seconds while Lc Langit snagged the third spot with her five hours, five minutes and 30 seconds record.

Meanwhile, the 45-year-old Australian Belinda Granger, who was a consistent participant of Ironman Philippines and finished on the fifth spot, announced her retirement.

“The Philippines made a huge impact in my life and I could say that this is the best country to race,” Granger said. “Even if I will not be racing next year, I will find a way to come back here.”

President and Chairman of Sunrise Events Wilfred Steven Uytengsu Jr. thanked everyone who participated and supported the event. Uytengsu also announced that the Philippines, specifically Cebu, will host next year’s Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship.