by Waylon Galvez
SUBIC – Tim Reed of Australia banked on his strength in the run leg to score an impressive win against some of the elite triathletes in the world as he regained his place on top of the podium in the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay yesterday here.
Reed, a World Champion in 70.3 Ironman three years back, had the fastest time among the seven “elite” athletes as he clocked one hour, 23 minutes and 17 seconds in the 21km run.
The 34-year-old Reed raised his hands in celebration as soon as he crossed the finish line, completing the swim-bike-run course in four hours, four minutes and 33 seconds for his 9th overall 70.3 Ironman title – his fourth in the country.
“I had three wins in Cebu and been a winner here before,” said Reed, who earned $3,000 for winning the championship in this event presented by Big Boss Cement and organized by Sunrise Events, Inc.
“It’s a pleasure to win again. Obviously, I love coming back here. It’s a great feeling.”
Caroline Steffan of Switzerland, on the other hand, claimed the women’s title following a sensational performance that had her finish the course in four hours, 29 minutes and 14 seconds – winning again here after she ruled the same event in 2016 and returning to the podium after giving birth last year.
“It’s great to comeback in Subic. I had a win a couple of years back. I don’t remember too long ago. Last time I got second place. It’s great to be back on the top. It feels good to get a win,” said Steffan, who bested Dimity Lee Duke of Australia (4:42:58) and Laura Wood of New Zealand (4:46:22).
“It’s a big motivation. You sort of hurry up to get to the finish line and can’t wait to see him (baby).”
Meantime, August Benedicto of the Philippines ruled the Asian Elite male category as he clocked four hours, 44 minutes and four seconds, followed by fellow local bets Leo Rondina (4:50:45) and Banjo Norte (4:52:51).