Fancied Juan Francisco Baniqued and Tara Borlain played true to form and led the march of winners in the Alaska Ironkids Philippines Aquathlon race which drew a record field of 281 in Subic on Saturday.
Baniqued, who swept the titles in the series last year as a campaigner in the boys’ 11-12 age bracket, extended his dominance in the 13-14 class as he submitted a winning 19:22 time in the race that started at the Wow Pool and ended at Remy Field.
Joshua Alexander Ramos checked in nine seconds behind for second followed by Luigi Miguel Crisostomo (19:33) at third.
Borlain, another 11-12 standout now competing in the 13-14 category, held off elder sister Samantha for the crown. Tara, 13, clocked in 19:45 while Samantha, 14, reached the finish line seven seconds later for the silver. Everly Janarie Macalalad took the bronze in 20:50.
The siblings’ younger sister Franchezka took runner-up honors in the girls’ 6-8, completing a podium finish for the family. Franchezka, 8, clocked 7:44, finishing behind eventual champion Liloan, Cebu’s Eurielle Kenzie Galo, who clocked 7:40.
Olongapo’s Clifford Pusing and Malaybalay’s Gene Heart Quiambao captured the top plums in the 11-12 sections.
Pusing (14:02) beat Joco Miguel Delizo (15:12) and Zedrick Borja (15:31) for the boys’ crown while Quiambao scored a breakthrough in the distaff side with a golden 14:24 against Erin Chantal Aquino (14:37) and Marielle Estrera (14:56).
Rounding out the winners’ circle were Michael Lozada (10:47) and Aubrey Tom (11:18) in the 9-10; and Subic’s own Daniel Louw (7:33) in the boys’ 6-8.