Sam Betten and Dimity Lee Duke led the Aussie domination of the 2017 Regent 5150 race (Jamil Buergo)
SUBIC BAY – Sam Betten took dominated an elite cast of male pros while Dimity Lee Duke won her first title in Subic in the Regent 5150 triathlon race that started at the posh Acea Beach and ended in Remy Field in Subic, Zambales.
Heavy rains during the third staging of Regent 5150 did not stop the 29-year old Betten from capturing his third straight title as he traversed the flat but slippery race course with a dominating time of 1:55:58.
Betten dominated the swim leg as he finished the 1.5Km swim in just 19:57, almost two minutes ahead of his closest rivals. He further padded his lead in the slippery 40Km bike course by finishing it in just 0:59:30, the fastest bike split time. With a relatively cool weather condition, Betten breezed through the 10KM run leg also with the fastest split time of 0:35:28.
Despite racing numerous times in Subic already, Betten knew he had to put his A-game for him to defend his title. “It’s hard coming into the race knowing you are defending your title and at the same time going against a strong competition” explains Betten. “It was really tough. The rains made things really hard, especially in the bike. But the organizers made a good decision changing the course to make it safer. It was a good race, and to win this race three years in a row, it’s such an amazing feeling,” he added.
Fellow Aussie Mitch Robins, who placed second last year to Betten, ended up second again as he crossed the finish line in 2:00:27. Iain Alexandridis of USA took the bronze with a time of 2:01:46. South Africa’s Johan Stofberg placed fourth with 2:07:22 while Xterra off-road triathlete Taylor Charlton of Australia ended up in fifth place with 2:12:02. Rounding up the male pro competition is Dan Brown as he finished last in the field with 2:25:39.
In the distaff side, Dimity Lee Duke roared her way past the finish line as finally struck gold after three tries in the Sunrise Events Inc. organized Regent 5150 race. Duke started ‘slow’ as she emerged out of the water in third place but made up for lost time in the bike as she took the lead for good coming into Transition 2. She went on to maintain her lead in the run leg and went on to finish the race in 2:13:32.
“I didn’t know what to expect today. I actually was a bit sick for this week. I just went in with an open mind, stay up in swim and use my strength in bike and hope to hold them off in the run,” said Duke. “Getting a win this weekend is really a big confidence boost leading to Ironman 70.3 Queensland next weekend,” she added.
New Zealand’s Laura Wood (2:15:11) and Anna Eberhardt (2:15:48) of Hungary placed second and third respectively. Aussie Annelise Jefferies took fourth place with 2:18:16 and Philippines’ Kim Kilgroe, who’s racing her second pro race only ended up fifth with 2:20:34.
Meanwhile, John “Rambo” Chicano dominated the Asian Men’s Elite category. Chicano crossed the finish line 2:03:06 and was the fourth overall finisher. He beat Nikko Huelgas (2:06:19), the 2015 SEA Games gold medalist, and perennial contender Paul Jumamil (2:10:19) for the title.