The champions in this year’s ten-kilometer marathon of the Panaad sa Negros Festival wowed their audience after breaking their respective records last year.
Jason Agravante of Silay City finished the race Saturday within 38 minutes and 12.5 seconds making it his fastest record since 2011.
The 24-year-old grand slam champion clocked 41 minutes and 50.05 seconds in 2012 while his 2011 record was 41 minutes and 06.09 seconds.
Macklin Sadia of Cadiz City placed second (39:07.13), while Joel Alcorin of Escalante City was third (39:25.38) and twin brothers Rowell (40:12.00) and Rommel Hulleza (40.15.00) followed in the fourth and fifth places, respectively.
In the women’s division, Jennlyn Nobleza, also from Silay City, broke her own record last year just enough for her to regain the championship crown.
Nobleza defeated the defending champion Jelyn Duran of Escalante City by one minute in advance.
Nobleza crossed the finish line at 47 minutes and .10 seconds wtih Duran tailing at 48 minutes and 12 seconds.
Meanwhile, Stephanie Cadosale of Escalante City placed third (50:32.00) followed by Jeramie Maribao of Calatrava town (50:52.00) and PO1 Mary Sheila Mae Daliva of the Regional Training School Center (53:42.00).
Agravante and Nobleza said that their fast time was due to the cool morning weather after rain fell Friday night.
The ten-kilometer race started in Murcia town and ended at the Panaad Park and Sports Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City.
Agravante and Nobleza each took home a P5,000 cash prize.
A total of 446 runners took part in this year’s marathon with 127 of them from the RTS the Philippine National Police.*PNA
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