Australian and Hungarian triathletes dominated the men’s and women’s divisions of the first Safeguard Active 5150 Triathlon on Sunday that started at a seaside resort in Morong, Bataan.
Mitch Robins of Sydney, Australia clocked 2 hours, 5 minutes and 22 seconds to become the first male winner in this inaugural event, beating Hungarian rivals Csaba Kuttor (2:06:17) and Peter Bajai (2:08:18).
Robins timed 20:35 in the 1.5-kilometer swim leg, 1:06:51 in the 40-km bike leg and 35:57 in the 10-km run leg to capture the crown under humid conditions.
Sweden’ Frederik Croneborg came in at fourth place in 2:09:26, while Michael Murphy, an Australian who the 2012 Northern Triathlon in Germany and finished third in the 2013 Century Tuna Triathlon in Subic Freeport, came in fi fth with a time of 2:11:13.
Robins went home with $2,000 and a trophy, while Kuttor and Bajai pocketed $1,250 and $850, respectively, in the event sanctioned by the World Triathlon Corporation. “I struggled in swimming, but good thing I was able to keep up and get ahead in the bike and run legs,” said the long-haired, 27-year-old Robins.
Hungarian Eszter Dudas, meanwhile, crossed the finished line way ahead of her rivals to rule the distaff side, timing 2:21:32.
Australia’s Belinda Granger clocked 2:28:12 for second place, while Filipino bet Monica Torres took the third-place honors in 2:32:25 A total 350 men and women competed in the first edition of the competition organized by Sunrise Events and Safeguard.