Filipino triathlete places 11th overall in PHs first full Ironman

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 03, 2018 08:32 PM
Filipino places 11th overall in PHs first full Ironman
August Benedicto is proud to wear a finisher medal crafted by his kababayans

SUBIC, ZAMBALES – For the first time, the full-distance Ironman race has come to the Philippines.

And Filipinos have wasted no time in showing that they could compete in the sport of triathlon and that their country could host events of triathlon.

August Benedicto, a proud son of Tarlac, finished 11th overall out of 1, 155 competitors with a total time of 9:48.46 in the 2018 Century Tuna Ironman Philippines on Sunday here.

Among males, he was eighth overall while among the 11 professional male triathletes, he was fifth.

In fact, Benedicto even ended ahead of the likes of 18-year veteran Freddy Lampret of South Africa.

Without a doubt, racing right here at home did wonders for the 34-year-old. “Masayang-masaya ako na first time nagkaroon ng (full-distance) Ironman sa Pilipinas. Yun yung tumatakbo sa isip ko buong araw,” he told reporters after his finish.

He then continued, “Iniisip ko na sana makuha ko (yung medal) para sa mga Pilipino. Walang susuko dapat.”

Benedicto did just that and now, hecould proudly wear his well-earned Ironman Philippines finisher medal – a medal that was inspired by and had design elements from the people of Marawi. “Masayang-masaya ako sa ganitong medal galing sa mga kapatid natin sa Mindanao. Alam kong napakahirap nang buhay nila ngayon dahil sa giyera,” he said.

He then continued, “Kaya nga nagpapasalamat pa rin kami at nakagawa sila ng medal na ‘to. Just praying na makabangon sila.”

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