Chicano, Banzon rule Apollo triathlon

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    SOUTHEAST Asian Games gold medalist John Leerams Chicano of Team Apollo Petroleum Jelly and Lyllian Grace Banzon of Team Sante Barley posted the best times among all standard distance competitors during the recent Apollo Petroleum Jelly TRI 2020 event at the Subic Bay Freeport.

    Chicano proved to be untouchable among all the men’s participants who finished the 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run race in 2 hours, 11 minutes and 42 seconds, easily winning the 25-29 age-group title.

    Ronald Molit, who topped the 35-39 category, was second overall in 2:23:47 while 18-24 champion Joshua Alexander Ramos was the third fastest in 2:25:00.

    Among the ladies in the event presented by Apollo Petroleum Jelly and supported by Cleene, Vermosa Sports Hub, Alviera, Clark Global City, Smart, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Acea Subic Bay and Court Meridian Hotel & Suites, Banzon (30-34 champion) and Ines Santiago (35-39 champion) finished less than a minute apart, clocking 2:41:08 and 2:41:59, respectively. Amanda Carpo came in next in 2:48:16 and won the 45-49 title.

    In the Team Competition, Team Sante Barley emerged champion with a best time of 12:44:16. For the relay categories, the champions were Maxi Atletika – Zalora 2 (All-Female), Maxi Atletika Multisports D (All-Male), and Fitness First – Salice (Mixed).

    “This is our first triathlon race and we are very happy about the large participation as well as the collective positive feedback from the athletes. This event was conceptualized to create a venue for athletes to test their limits while enjoying a chafe-free experience,” Apollo Petroleum Jelly Brand Manager Jamie Reyes-Omorogbe said.