Mangrobang, Macalalad win 5150 CamSur triathlon

Kim Mangrobang crosses the finish line.

National Team mainstay Kim Mangrobang and comebacking Edward Macalalad struck in the bike and run legs to emerge as overall champions in their respective divisions in the 5150 CamSur in Camarines Sur on Sunday.

Mangrobang took control during the bike event after placing second to Erika Burgos in the opening swim then sustained her pace in the run to cruise to victory in 2:22:35 over the Olympic-distance 1.5km-swim, 40km-bike, and 10km-run course.

“Happy ako kasi nakapag-race na naman ako dito sa CamSur. I did the 70.3 last 2011 and I think I was the youngest at that time. Ngayon bumalik ako dito, same pa rin yung mga tao, yung mga nag-chi-cheer. Sobrang supportive ng mga taga CamSur,” said the 32-year-old Mangrobang, who turned in leg times of 0:01:18 (swim), 1:12:02 (bike) and 45:27 (run) to claim the women’s crown.

Winner of the inaugural 5150 Dapitan last September, Mangrobang attributed her excellent form to consistent training with the national team.

Burgos set the pace in the swim but encountered challenges in the bike segment before mounting a comeback in the run, securing second place in 2:26:33. Bea Quiambao placed third with a 2:29:28 clocking.

French Amandine Fetaud and Anne Nuñez took the next two spots in 2:41:47 and 2:44.32, respectively.

In the men’s division, Macalalad, 27, took the lead in the bike leg and maintained his performance in the run, claiming the title with a time of 2:08:38 over John Ciron (2:10:36) and Mark Hosana (2:11:27).

“Actually, kinabahan ako prior to the race but I felt good when it started. I told myself to just give my best,” said Macalalad. “Actually, two years ago nag-race pa ako sa Subic at nanalo, so kumbaga parang eto yung comeback race ko after the pandemic. Ngayon gusto kong bumalik na talaga at tuloy-tuloy.”

“I dedicate this to my family and the Lord. Kasi after nung mga nangyari the past years, parang di ko po akalain na makakabalik pa ako sa stage na to. So napakasaya ko po talaga and I offer this win to them,” added Macalalad.

“Sobrang hirap ng competition, magagaling ang mga nakalaban ko kaya di ko talaga akalain na makukuha ko yung first place,” said Macalalad, who also praised the organizers of the event, which drew runners from 11 countries.

Irienold Reig, Jr. and Aidanreed Mercado clocked 2:13:11 and 2:15:56 to place fourth and fifth, respectively, in the event organized by The IRONMAN Group/Sunrise Events, Inc.

Meanwhile, Burgos bested Quiambao for the 20-24 title while Nuñez bagged the 25-29 diadem, Christine Pascual topped the 35-39 class (2:56:43), Fetaud ruled the 40-44 division, Rena Marte won the 45-49 crown (3:21:21) and Leoniza Gusilatar reigned in 50-54 (3:36:31).

Macalalad, who won a 5150 race in Subic in 2019, also captured the 25-29 title with leg clocking of 0:21:46, 1:02:31 and 0:41:39, while John Bufete took the 15-19 plum (2:23:43), Reig copped the 20-24 title, Hosana won the 30-34 diadem, Renel Brecino pocketed the 35-39 crown (2:20:46), Emmanuel Capisanan claimed the 40-44 trophy (2:33:35), Haythem El-Ansary bested the field in 45-49 class (2:19:35), Levy Ang took the 50-54 title (2:48:24), Dante Macalintal ruled the 55-59 class (2:48:04) and Bobby Lamod topped the 65-69 class (3:42:33) .

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