The 2017 Batang Pinoy Triathlon and Duathlon were held successfully at the Tagum SPorts Complex, Davao del Norte on Nov 28 & 29 respectively. This year an 11-12 year old category was added to the 13-15 y/o category. Giving the 2017 BP Triathlon event more significance was that it was a points race and part of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games Qualifying Series to determine candidates for the Buenos Aires YOG Triathlon.
In the boy’s 13-15 race, favored Wacky Baniqued of San Pedro, Laguna used a surging bike leg to edge Mo Leuenberger of Davao City, 37:08 to 37:18. Joshua Ramos of Baguio, also a pre-race favorite was 3rd in 37:50.
The girls’ 13-15 was exciting as well. Karen Manayon of Cebu edged Jana Macalald of Muntinlupa 40:16 to 40:20. 3rd placer Nicole Eijansantos of Quezon City was still leading with 600m to go on the run but felt the effects of a leg injury she suffered in July compromising her run training leading up to the 2017 BP. Favorite Luren Plaza of Binan, Laguna had her chain come off at the bike U-Turn and she was not able to recover and finished 4th.
ZJ Borja of San Pedro, Ian Revadonia of Gen. Santos City, and Matthew Hermosa of Cebu came in 1-2-3 respectively in the Boy’s 11-12; while Moira Eredanio of Cebu, Alison Noble of San Fernando, La Union, and Jeanna Canete of Cebu did likewise in the Girls’ 11-12.
In the Duathlon the following day, it was Musical chairs for the Boys’ 13-15 with Joshua Ramos 1st (35:29); Leuenberger 2nd (35:33), and Baniqued 3rd (36:02) in a close tactical race. The girls’ 13-15 saw redemption for Lauren Plaza (38:09) in a sprint finish over Triathlon Gold Medalist Karen Manayon (38:13). Jana Macalald was 3rd (40:59).
ZJ Borja was again dominating in the Boys’ 11-12 Duathlon over Matthew Hermosa. Jiullano Jose of Davao was 3rd. Moira Eredanio and Jeanna Canete came first and second followed by Aliyah Gregorio of Ge. Santos in the Girls’ 11-12.
Bike action at the U-Turn with Josh Ramos slightly ahead of Wacky Baniqued.
Karen Manayon, Triathlon Gold,in the media limelight
Boys’ 13-15 podium finishers with Joshua Ramos 1st (35:29); Leuenberger 2nd (35:33), and Baniqued 3rd (36:02)