Czech, Kiwi eye 5150 crowns

Czech Jakub Langhammer and Laura Wood of New Zealand hope to cash in on their good form in pursuit of victory against multi-titled rivals when the second Black Arrow Express 5150 is fired off on Sunday in Subic Bay.

Langhammer foiled fancied Mitch Robins in a recent 5150 race reduced to a duathlon event in Davao but what inspires him to aim for no less than the BAE 5150 crown is his solid buildup for this particular race set over the Olympic distance of 1.5-km swim/40-km bike/10-km run in the country’s triathlon hub.

“I did really good training block before this race and I feel ready for tomorrow [Sunday],” said Langhammer, who placed third to Robins and Sam Betten in last year’s inaugurals of this event put up by one of the country’s top cargo movers and organized by Sunrise Events Inc., now part of the Ironman Group.

Like Langhammer, Wood is coming into the event brimming with confidence, having toughened up for the first two events while hoping her legs would hold up in the deciding run part.

But the duo will be up against a set of veteran rivals with Langhammer gearing up for a three-cornered fight with Robins and many-time Subic 5150 champion Sam Betten and Wood facing a tested Dimity Lee Duke and defending champion Manami Iijima in the centerpiece pro division of the event, which also features  the Asian Elite division and the Go for Gold Sunrise Sprint, a short distance triathlon series featuring a 750-m open-water swim, 20-km bike ride and a 5-km run put up by Go for Gold to help Filipino athletes promote excellence.

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