BOHOL–Sam Betten dominated the men’s side for the second straight time but Amelia Watkinson foiled Dimity Lee Duke’s title-retention drive as they shared top honors in the centerpiece pro event in the Bellevue Resort 5i50 Triathlon at the Bellevue Resort in Panglao Island here last Sunday.
Betten seized control early in the 1.5k swim stage, stamped his class in the 40k bike leg before cruising in the 10k run event to clinch the gold medal in 2:01:40 with leg clockings of the 21:18, 56:40 and 39:47, respectively.
It was the top Aussie triathlete’s fourth straight 5150 victory in the country to pocket another $2,000.
Henry Beck placed second in 2:10:07 while Philippine-based Daniel Brown struggled to finish in 2:29:37.
Watkinson, winner of the ITU Long Course Triathlon in China and the Challenge Iskandar Puteri early this year, emerged with the best time in the swim leg (23:35) then sustained her charge in the next two stages to clinch the women’s gold in 2:10:19, frustrating Duke, who turned in a 25:30 clocking in the opening stage and failed to rally, settling for runner-up honors in 2:15:10.
Michelle Duffield clocked 2:32:22 while Betten’s girlfriend Rebecca Ohlwein placed fourth in 3:19:28.
Sharing the spotlight were Jenny Rose Guerrero and Jorry Ycong, who topped the elite division of the event sponsored by Bellevue Resort and orga-nized by Sunrise Events, Inc. Each received P30,000.
Guerrero led from start to finish and timed 2:38:57 to beat Cianyl Gonzales, who had a 2:51:20 clocking while Amale Jopson and Aimee Dequia took the next two spots in 3:00:42 and 3:13:18, respectively, in the women’s side.
Other category winners were Margaret Yusay (F15-19) (3:16:15), Leyann Ramo (F20-24) (2:42:25); Feelin Torres (F25-29) 2:52:09; Genevieve Yu (F35-29) (3:12:01); Geraldine Abuan (F45-49) (3:15:55); Christian Saladaga (M15-19) (2:32:37); Satar Salem (M20-24) (2:30:26); Wai Ho Wong (M25-29) (2:25:12); Mohamad Sherwin Managil (M30-34) (2:25:57); Haythem El-ansary (M35-39) (2:28:44); Riccardo Kuhar (M40-44) (2:15:12); Edward Luna (M45-49) (2:31:01); Steve Little (M50-54) (2:54:22); Albino Alindogan (M55-59) (2:43:12); and Kilhak Kunimoto (M65-69) (3:12:56).