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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Subic Trained Triathletes rule Taiwan

Gold for Serrano, silver for Langit, bronze for Mangrobang in Taiwan triathlon
By: Reuben Terrado - Business Mirror
Emerging juniors triathlete Joash Serrano led the Philippines’ one-gold, two-silver haul in the recent Asia Cup Series I-Lan Blossom Lake International Triathlon Championship in Chia Yi, Taiwan.

Serrano, 19, clocked one hour, two minutes and 38 seconds in the juniors division, beating Leo Li Tse Hei of Chinese Taipei, who came in two minutes later. Serrano also broke his own national juniors record by two minutes.

Lea Coline Langit and Kim Mangrobang clinched silver medals in the women’s elite and women’s juniors division, respectively.

Langit took the silver medal with a time of 2:08:09, breaking the Philippine record set by Sandra Araullo in 2007 by five minutes (2:13:20). Misato Takagi of Japan won in 2:05:15.

Mangrobang, on the other hand, timed 1:08:27 for the silver medal with Chinese Taipei’s Wu Sum Yi taking the gold medal.

Triathlon Association of the Philippines (Trap) president Tom Carrasco said Serrano was only in sixth place in the 750-meter swim event but came storming back in the 20-km bike race where he finished second. He took the lead in the 5-km run to take the victory.

Serrano, Langit and Mangrobang were part of the training program set up at the Subic Bay Free Port by Trap and the Philippine Sports Commission.

Beijing 2008 Olympics campaigner Daniel Lee Chi Woo of Hong Kong took the gold in the men’s elite with a time of 1:00:48, six minutes ahead of Ricco Chan Ye Yi, also of Hong Kong.

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