Upsets rocked the staging of Tri United 4 as Mark Anthony Hosana and Claire Adorna pulled the rug from under heavy favorites yesterday at the Fontana Hot Spring Leisure Park in Clark, Pampanga.
Racing under the banner of Unilab Active Health, the 21-year old Camarines Sur triathlete Hosana pushed himself hard in the bike and run legs to win over teammate and former No. 1 duathlete August Benedicto and national triathlon team mainstay Kevin Eijansantos in the male elite.
Hosanna was at ninth place after the swim dominated by Eijansantos but worked his way to second after the bike leg. Hosana put more pressure on Eijansantos and took the lead after the first of two loops in the run.
Adorna a multi-gold medal winner in the UAAP swimming met for UP, banked on her strength in the pool to build enough lead over Kim Mangrobang and Ani Karina De Leon- Brown for the female elite title with 1:33:28 time.
Mangrobang, the country’s top female triathlete and winner of the Tri United I and 2, settled for second with 1:37:08 while Tri-United 3 champion De Leon-Brown took third with 1:41.01.
BIKEKING headed by Raul Cuevas, organized the race supported by Unilab Active Health, Enervon Active, Enervon HP, I-ON Energy Drink, Hydrite, BIKEKING, AboitizPower, Pocari Sweat, TIMEX, Crystal Clear Purifi ed Water, Saucony, Corima, Orbea and UST College of Rehabilitation Sciences.
Other champions in the age groups for males are Samuel Ranque (15-16), Christopher Law (17-19), Mervin Rencel Santiago (20-24),Raymund Gerard (25-29), Mark Jonas Rivera (30-34), Jernard Capati (35-39), Manuel
Ong (40-44), Chad Davis (45-49), Eduardo Francisco (50-54), Artemio Engracia (55-above).