Wacky Baniqued and Tara Borlain lived up to expectations and romped off with the top plums in the 13-14 category in the Alaska IronKids Triathlon 2 on Saturday at Shangri-La’s Mactan and Resort in Lapu-Lapu City.
Fresh from his silver medal output in the Super Sprint division of the Singapore International Triathlon, Baniqued showed his fine form and finished the race in 44:49 to bag his third crown in this year’s Alaska IronKids season.
Joe Bernard Sarmiento (45:42) and Jose Mauel Arao (45:49) settled for runner-up honors in the culminating race of the series sponsored by Alaska Milk.
Borlain covered the course in 46:57 to beat elder sister Samantha for the tiara by 26 seconds in the distaff side. Karen Andreas Manayon (47:14) took third while Everlie Janarie Macalalad, who was coming off a bronze in Singapore, missed a podium finish with 48:18.
The youngest of the Borlian sisters, Franchezka, reigned in the girls’ 6-8 with 15:34.
Joining the honor roll were Matthew Justine Hermosa (26:27) and Kira Ellis (29:36) in 9-10; Hyonde Keum (35:45) and Catherine Angeli Yu (36:14) in 11-12, and Connor Hodges (15:39) in Boys’ 6-8.
“It’s probably my greatest race. For the first time, I was able to break away from my rivals in the bike phase,” said Baniqued.
Tara, 13, pulled away from ate Sam, 14, in the run stage en route to the triumph.
“It was fun, I enjoyed it a lot,” said Tara, who shrugged off a perceived sibling rivalry . “There’s no sibling rivalry really because we know each other and we accept whoever wins.”