The Philippine flag is waving proudly in the Arctic after triathlete Joyette Jopson placed third overall in the 42-kilometer FWD 78-degree North Marathon last month.
Jopson, an Ironman 70.3 Philippines champion, is the first Filipino to race in the nearest habitable area to the North Pole and in her historic run, tallied a time of 4:10:59.
That put her just right behind winner Hard Tsui of Hong Kong and runner-up Xiaobin Qiu. That also placed her first among women.
“In spite of the challenges, I am delighted to have brought the Filipino pride to the Arctic and of course, I am even happier to have performed well,” she said in her homecoming lunch, Tuesday in The Grill, Manila House in BGC.
Jopson was backed by life insurer FWD Philippines in the marathon held in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway which is just a thousand km away from the North Pole.
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