BOHOL – Tim Reed flashed top form and outduelled fellow Aussie Sam Betten in the run stage to snare the Bellevue Resort 5150 Triathlon crown while Kerry Morris took the women’s tiara in Panglao Island here yesterday.
Reed saved his best for last, dominating the run part in 37:53 minutes to rally past Betten and complete his stirring come-from-behind victory in the grueling 1.5k swim, 40k bike and 10k run event in 1:58:24 in the municipalities of Panglao and Dauis.
The diminutive veteran campaigner thus added the 5150 crown to his string of Ironman 70.3 triumphs, including the last three Ironman Philippines in Cebu.
“It was tough but I poured it all out in the last part and I’m so glad to win. I really prepared hard for this, knowing how talent-laden the field is,” said Reed as he savored the sweet taste of a first 5150 triumph. Morris, on the other hand, added to fellow Australian Dimity Lee Duke’s woes as she topped the women’s side in 2:14:45 to share top honors with Reed in the centerpiece Pro event organized by Sunrise Events Inc. and backed by title sponsor The Bellevue Resort. Reed and Morris took $2,000 each.
Betten, seeking his third straight crown here and fifth 5150 title, actually took charge in the swim and bike stages but failed to match Reed’s running prowess and finished in 2:01.24, settling for runner-up honors in the event presented by the Department of Tourism and Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines.
Betten turned in 19:42 and 55:45 clockings in the swim and bike events, respectively, as against Reed’s 20:18 and 56:13 but slowed down in the closing run part in 42 minutes, almost six minutes slower than the eventual champion.
Dan Brown finished third in 2:32;56.
In contrast, Morris seized control in the first two stages (22:00 and 1:01:59) then slowed down in the run part (46:09) and barely thwarted Duke, who clocked 24:53 in the swim and 1:02:05 in the bike but rallied in the last in 42:59 that however proved short. She wound up with a 2:15:07 clocking.
Duke also fell short in her title bid last year topped by Amelia Watkinson.
Laurel Wassner placed third in 2:24:48.
Jerry Young clocked 2:10:50, edging Edward Macalalad (2:11:05) and Paul Jumamil (2:11:28) for the Elite men’s crown worth P30,000.
For compete results, visit www.bellevue.5150philippines.com.
The event was backed by venue hosts Province of Bohol and The Bellevue Resort, bike and run course partner Municipality of Panglao, bike course partner Municipality of Dauis, official courier and logistics partner 2GO Express, official hydration partners Powerade and Wilkins Pure, official swim cap Tyr, official hotel Bellevue Resort, official registration partner Active Network. Other sponsors are David’s Salon, Gu, Intercare and Pioneer, while The Philippine Star, Trilife, Asiatri.com and Finisherpix are media partners, Alcoplus, Bohol Bee Farm, Cetaphil, Daylong, Devant, Regent Sanicare, Ssangyong, Storck and Timex are the marketing partners.