Irienold Reig Jr., a relative unknown, pulled off a remarkable comeback in the talent-laden men’s side of the Alveo 5150 Subic Bay with a scorching start, and Bea Quiambao put in another excellent all-around effort to win her second Alveo 5150 title on Sunday at the Subic Bay Boardwalk in Subic.

The 19-year-old Reig, who was competing in his first 1.5-kilometer swim, 40-kilometer bike, and 10-kilometer run race, did not disappoint. He won the opening leg in an impressive 18:32, slowed down a bit in bike (1:08:58), before hanging tough in the closing run with a time of 41:27 to edge out Raymund Velasco for the men’s overall title in 2:12:48.

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Velasco was in the back of the pack after the swim (22:44), but he made up ground on the bike (1:04:22), only to come up short in the run (40:47) and have to settle for runner-up honors (2:13:05) in a closely-contested competition of power, speed, and endurance that began under overcast skies and ended in scorching heat.

After clocking in at 20:57 in the swim, Julian Teves posted a good time of 1:03:27 in the bike to wrest leadership of the race. However, he was unable to match Reig and Velasco’s scorching finish and ended up coming in third with a time of 2:13:53 after a performance of 45:14 in the run.

The triumph of the wiry Reig demonstrated the enormous potential in the Quezon City find, who is presently participating in training with the developmental team of the national triathlon squad.

During the competition, which was sponsored by Alveo, SBMA, Finis, Rudy Project, Sante Barley, Lalamove, Active, Manila Bulletin, and Tempo, he also easily won the title for the age group 15-19, while Teves came out on top in the 25-29 age group and Velasco took home the trophy for the 35-39 age group.

Quiambao, meanwhile, finished the race in a time of 2:23:24 to win her second 5150 diadem of the year. Her previous victory came in Bohol last July, which marked the return of the event organized by the IRONMAN Group/Sunrise Events, Inc. after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Quiambao’s time was the fastest of the women’s division.

The stalwart of Next Tri Step, who, like Reig, used her swimming ability to gain control and momentum, clocked in with a best time of 19:12, then swam for 1:12:10, and finally finished her race with a time of 47:45 on the run. She finished ahead of Kath Lagunsad, whose time was 2:41:50, with leg times of 27:34, 1:14:32, and 53:52. Bubbles Paraiso, a celebrity, came in third with a time of 2:50:48. (26:42, 1:18:23 and 1:00:12).

During the final short-distance endurance competition of the season, Quiambao maintained his reign as the winner in the 20-24 age group, while Lagunsad won the honors for the 30-34 age group, and Paraiso dominated the competition in the 35-39 age group.

Other individuals who won their age category were Rae Musni (Female, 15-19), Gaea Maranon (Female, 25-29), Ma. Lourdes Cabero (Female, 40-44), Rizza Bautista (Female, 45-49), and Janet Ching (Female, 50-54), Adrien Arqueza (Male, 20-24), Gabb Rosario (Male, 30-34), and Haythem El-

TLTG-Go for Gold, led by Kim Remolino, posted a timing of 05:23:30 to top their side of the Sprint race with Get Coached Academy placing second in 06:01:22 and Team Zeru finishing third in 07:38:42. In the meantime, Sante Barley Tri Team, led by Raymund Velasco and Jualyn Baugbog, finished first in the 5150 Sprint in 12:54:26, beating The Usuals 13:12:

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