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Portuguese tops Subic triathlon

Portuguese journeyman Filipe Azevedo won the 25th edition of the NTT Asia Cup Subic Bay International Triathlon held over the weekend at ACEA Subic Bay in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

Azevedo used a strong kick to outrun Korea’s Min Ho Heo (1:50:55) and Japan’s Takumi Hojo (1:50:59) with a time of 1:50:50 in the grueling 1.5-km. swim, 40-km., 10-km. run event organized by the Triathlon Association of the Philippines in partnership with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

In the distaff side, China’s Zhong Mengying (2:01:19), Zhang Yi (2:03:44) and Yang Ling (2:04:49) completed a 1-2-3 sweep.

The event was sponsored by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), Arena, New Balance, Philippine Star, Gatorade, Omega Pain Killer Liniment, Standard Insurance, Lighthouse Marina Resort, Century Tuna, Gatorade, Subic Holiday Villas, Travelers Hotel, ACEA, Asian Center for Insulation and Solar Sports.

Filipina Kim Mangrobang settled for eighth place in the elite women’s race clocking 2:07:09.

In the men’s Under-23, Filipinos JC Abad, Edward Macalalad and Julius Constantino won in that order.