VIDEOS: #IM703PH Meet the Champs recap

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Friday, August 22, 2014


DID you miss the Ironman 70.3 Philippines this year? Failed to catch a glimpse of your favorite triathletes? Watch these videos of the professional athletes and Filipino elites answering questions from the press.

Caroline Steffen on racing in the Philippines

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Steffen successful defended her title this year, as she won the top place in the professional women's division. She is from Switzerland.

The other titles she got include: 1st place – 2014 Century Tuna 5150 Philippines; 1st place – 2014 Ironman Asia Pacific Championships Melbourne; 5th place – 2013 Ironman World Championship, Kona, Hawaii; 1st place – 2013 Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines; 1st place – 2012 Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines; 1st place – 2012 Ironman Asia Pacific Championship; and 2nd place – 2010 and 2012 Ironman World Championship, Kona, Hawaii.

Brent McMahon on his experience and plans

McMahon, 33, from Canada, finished the race in 3 hours 59 minutes and 5 seconds. He was the only triathlete to finish the race under four hours. [Read the related story.]

Sunday (August 3) was the second time for McMahon to hit the streets of Cebu, as he also joined the Ironman 70.3 Philippines in 2013 and finished fifth then.

He also holds these other titles: 1st place - 2014 Ironman 70.3 Boise; 1st place – 2014 Ironman 70.3 Hawaii; 2nd place – 2014 Ironman 70.3 St. George; 5th place – 2014 Ironman 70.3 California; 5th place – 2013 Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines; 1st place – 2013 Subaru Saskatoon Triathlon PRO Race – The Chase; 2nd place – 2013 Ironman 70.3 Mont-Temblant; 2nd place – 2013 Ironman 70.3 Boise; 1st place – 2013 Ironman 70.3 St. George; and 6th place – 2013 Ironman 70.3 California Oceanside.

Sam Betten as a first-timer in the Philippines

Betten was leading in the swim and bike race Sunday, but was overtaken by McMahon in the 12th kilometer of the 21-kilometer run. He finished second though at 4:07:30.

He is from Australia and Sunday was his first race in the Philippines. In 2013, he won 6th place in the Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championships; 9th place in 2013 Ironman 70.3 Geelong; 13th place – 2013 5150 St. Anthony’s; 19th place – 2013 Ironman 70.3 US Professional Championships St. George; 7th place – 2013 Ironman 70.3 Florida; 5th place – 2013 5150 Coral Coast; 9th place – 2013 Ironman 70.3 Cairns; and 1st place – 2013 Julia Creek Dirt Dust Triathlon.

Cameron Brown on racing in Philippines

Another veteran triathlete, Brown of New Zealand took the third place in 4:15:44. He actually finished fourth in the race, after Casey Munro, who was disqualified for violations of certain rules.

Brown completed the swim in 25:47, finished the bike in 2:17:40, and finished it off with a time of 1:28:22 in the run.

In 2013, he finished sixth in the Ironman 70.3 Philippines and third in the 2011 race. The other titles he won are: 1st place – 2014 Ironman Cairns (His 12th Ironman distance race); 2nd place – 2012 Ironman Cairns; 2nd place – 2012 Ironman asia-Pacific Championships Melbourne; 3rd place – 2012 Nutri-Grain Ironman 70.3 New Zealand; 1st place – 2012 New Zealand Half Ironman Championships; Ten-Time Winner of Ironman New Zealand (2001 – 2005, 2007 – 2011) held in Taupa; and 1st place – 2011 Cobra Ironman 70.3 Korea.

Casey Munro's reaction on his disqualification

Munro, from Australia, finished third in the race but was disqualified due to non-compliance of the race rules. He wore no bib during the bike and was caught with illegal drafting.

Rebecca Hoschke and her first time in the Philippines

Another first-timer in the Philippines, Hoschke finished second at 04:38:34.

Also this year, she won 2nd place in the 2014 Ironman 70.3 Busselton (fastest bike split); 2nd place in 2014 Ironman 70.3 Geelong (fastest run split); 3rd place – 2014 Challenge Half Melbourne; and 6th place – 2014 Ironman 70.3 New Zealand.

In 2013, Hoschke finished first in Ironman Australia race and Challenge Frontier; 8th place in 2013 Ironman 70.3 New Zealand Asia Pacific Championship; 5th place – 2013 Ironman 70.3 Cairns; and 7th place – 2013 Ironman Switzerland (fastest female run split).

Belinda Granger's race experience this year

Granger, of Australia, is not new to the Philippines. She has been joining not just the Ironman races, but also the Century Tuna 5150 races in the country. This year, she placed third again, this time at 04:48:32. She also won third in 2012 and 2013.

The other titles she got include: 2nd place – 2014 Century Tuna 5150 Philippines; 1st place – 2014 Challenge Taiwan; 2nd place – 2014 Laguna Lang Co Triathlon; 1st place – 2013 Ironman 70.3 Hawaii; 1st place – 2012-2013 Century Tuna 5150 Philippines; 2nd place – 2013 Safeguard Active 5150 Philippines; and 2nd place – 2012 Laguna Phuket Triathlon.

Augusto Benedicto, a Filipino elite

Benedicto again joined this year's Ironman 70.3 to get back the title he lost in 2013, and he was successful, as he was the first Filipino elite to cross the finish line in Sunday's race. The defending champion, Banjo Norte of Cagayan de Oro, finished the race second but was disqualified after he was caught with illegal drafting.

Joyette Jopson and her experience

Jopson, of Laguna, won the race at 5:28:31 despite finishing beyond the top five in the swim segment. She caught up with them in the final two legs.

Wilfred Uytengsu on bringing back Ironman to Cebu next year

Uytengsu, president of Sunrise Events and Alaska Milk Corp., explains in this video how the ongoing road construction affected the race this year. He hopes to bring the Ironman 70.3 Philippines in Cebu next year, though.

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