Tim Reed (center) and Sam Betten (back) figured in a close battle in today’s Bellevue 5150 in Bohol. (File Photo)
PANGLAO, Bohol – Tim Reed unleashed a powerful run performance to end Sam Betten’s 5150 title streak at the Bellevue 5150 triathlon race Sunday morning at the Bellevue Resort in Panglao Island in the province of Bohol.
With Sam Betten eager to get his sixth straight 5150 men’s pro title in the Philippines by posting the best marks in the swim and bike legs, Tim Reed breezed through the 10Km run leg in just thirty seven minutes and fifty two seconds which was the second fastest for the race. Tim Reed’s run was four minutes faster than Betten but was already enough to dethrone fellow his Aussie competitor.
“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, who hasn’t done an Olympic-distance race since 2013.
Tim Reed was the only triathlete to finish the 1.5Km swim, 40Km bike, and 10Km run under two hours with 01:58:24. Betten, who finished the race with a time of 02:01:24, set the best swim (0:19:42) and bike (0:55:45) splits of the day. Dan Brown of Australia rounded up the men’s pro podium finishing with 02:32:56.
Meanwhile, Kerry Morris got the first women’s pro title win of her career at the expense of Dimity-Lee Duke and Laurel Wassner. Despite building a three minute advantage after the swim and bike legs of the race, the 29-year old Morris survived a gritty run performance by Duke as she crossed the finish line with only less than thirty seconds apart from Duke. “The run was a survival leg” quipped Morris, who finished third in the recent Cobra Ironman 70.3 in Cebu last August. Kerry finished in two hours, fourteen minutes and forty five second. Dimity Lee Duke crossed the finish line in 02:15:07 while Laurel Wassner took third place with 02:24:48.
In the Men’s Asian Elite category, Jorry Ycong managed to defend his Bellevue 5150 title with a time of 02:10:50. Ycong finished third overall in the race behind Reed and Betten. Edward Macalalad (02:11:05) took second place while Bohol-native Paul Jumamil (02:11:28) settled for third in the race organized by Sunrise Events Inc.