14-year-old phenom repeats as Ironkids champ

Paul Lintag on Mar 11, 2017 11:53 AM
14-year-old phenom repeats as Ironkids champ
Juan Baniqued celebrates another win in the Alaska Ironkids, his second straight in the 13-14 age group.

SUBIC BAY --- Following an epic finish, a 14-year-old phenom has established himself as one of the Philippines' future stars in triathlon.

Juan Baniqued took care of business at the Remy field here Saturday after winning the Alaska Ironkids race, his second straight in the 13-14 age category for boys.

Baniqued and Clifford Pusing both actually finished at 42 minutes and 31 seconds but Baniqued got to the finish line first in a photo finish.

It was a perfect way for Baniqued to cap his Alaska Ironkids career having won the same event last year as a 13-year-old.

"I was very happy I still won because I feel like I wanted to Grand Slam again in the Ironkids like I did when I was 12 years old," Baniqued said who won the 11-12 age category for back-to-back years before moving on to the 13-14 age group.

"That's why I'm very happy [but] I think I need more training because the younger ones are getting stronger," Baniqued added.

Russel Villaraza came in third after crossing the finish less two minutes later, clocking in at 44 minutes and 21 seconds.

In the Girls 13-14 category Karen Manayon dominated the field, finishing the three-part race in 48 minutes and 27 seconds, more than a full three-minute advantage from her next competition.

Kristina Derrada came in second at 51 minutes and 38 seconds while Angelina Powell completed the podium at 52 minutes and 57 seconds.

In other results, Moira Frances Erediano topped the Girls 11-12 category after finishing the course in 34 minutes and 50 seconds. Alison Noble and Natzsa Lozada came in second and third respectively.

For the Boys 11-12, Zedrick James Borja won first after crossing the finish line in 33 minutes and 18 seconds, beating out Glendwyn Mariscotes and Daniel Nazarro.

Kirra Ellis won the Girls 9-10 and Michael Gabriel Lozada won the same age group in the Boys division. Over at the Girls 6-8, Kyle Enialle Toledana finished first while Gabriel Gaw won the Boys 6-8.



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