Three Pinoy triathletes sets a grand chase for the Cobra 70.3 Ironman Filipino Elite crown as the toughest triathlon race returns to Philippine shores on Aug. 4-5 in Cebu.
Macasieb, a 17-time finisher in the Arizona Ironman and owner of the standing national record in the Ironman distance (9:44) will go all out to defend the title he won in come-from-behind fashion last year.
Catiil, the 2010 Filipino Elite champion, will embark on an emotional quest for the diadem after his struggle of a third place finish in 2011. Last time around, he was slowed down by hypoglycemia but managed to complete the lung-busting swim-bike-run before he was wheeled out on a stretcher upon crossing the finish line.
Cebuano Jopson, a Ford Ironman World Championships Qualifier in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, will be determined to defend his home turf and repeat the performance that netted him the first Cobra Ironman title in 2009.
This year’s Cobra Ironman 70.3 promises to be the biggest and more challenging edition to date, with the participants set to swim in the sea for the first time after racing in a man-made lake for the past three years. The 1.2-km swim will start at the beach of Shangri-La Mactan.
High-level foreign bets are expected in the competition, led by back-to-back overall champion Pete Jacobs of Australia who’s gunning for a “three-peat,” and Terenzo Bozzone of New Zealand, who’s looking to wrest back the plum he won in 2009.
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