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It was all about chasing glory in Cebu

After one of the craziest final seconds in local triathlon history, Australian professional triathlete Tim Reed emerged as the biggest winner in Cebu, finishing in 3:46:03

Reed beat fellow Aussie and friend Tim Van Berkel, who was only a stride behind him (even though Reed stumbled on the final stretch) at 3:46:05, and defending champion Brent McMahon from Canada, who settled for third place despite breaking his own record last year with a 3:50:23 finish. The race was for the two Tims to win, with the lead switching back-and-forth between the three a few times during the race.

Meanwhile, one pro did get to defend a championship successfully. Caroline Steffen took home the women’s championship in 4:23:54 despite suffering a crash in the bike leg, with American Beth Gerdes (4:29:07) and Australian Dimity Lee-Duke (4:29:36) coming in at second and third, respectively. This year’s Ironman 70.3 Philippines also marked the final 70.3 race for Belinda Granger who fifth among the women pros.

“The crowd out here is so phenomenal,” says Reed. “I was just getting such a tingling feeling throughout my whole body. Racing out there, it’s such a great environment, I don’t think I’ve had a crowd like that anywhere, so thank you to everyone for pushing us so much.”

“Tim Van Berkel is one of my best mates,” he continues. “We’ve done a lot of training together and I know in these conditions, the longer the race the goes, the better he is. I tried to get ahead early but I knew he’d be coming back at me the whole time and then when he caught me I thought, ‘I just have to wait the last 100 meters ‘cause I’ve got a bit of speed over him. It worked out.”

“It was great to have a really competitive race,” says Brent McMahon. “I wanted to win so I made sure I was at the front. I went out at the start of the run to try and win it; I didn’t have the legs at the beginning and then I got a rhythm going but I just didn’t have the extra gear this year… The Tim boys, they had a go at me. They raced really well and had a good battle in the end.”

Filipino elites August Benedicto and Monica Torres took home the championships in their respective categories. Other notable personalities included October 2014 cover boy Matteo Guidicelli, July cover personalities Frank Lacson and Don Velasco, and actor Piolo Pascual.