Filipinos on Sunday dominated the Laguna Phuket Marathon in Thailand with 12 of them landing on the top 10 while two of them taking the top podium.
Christine Hallasgo and former Southeast Asian Games marathon queen ChristabelMartes finished first and third, respectively, as they towed two other Filipinas who finished in the top 10 in the 21-kilometer run.
Martes is from La Trinidad, Benguet.
The younger Hallasgo topped the women’s side of the run, also ruling the 16-29 years old category. Thai runner NatthayaThanaronnawat cruised to second place.
Martes who joined the 40 to 49-years-old category and was running with a busted shoelace finished behind the Thai.
Hallasgo is a 25-year-old mother of a baby girl from Malaybalay, Bukidnon, who ruled last year’s 42nd National Milo Marathon Manila while the 40-year old La Trinidad, Benguet born Martes is a four-time Milo Marathon national finals winner and winner of the SEAG marathon in 2001 and 2005.
At fourth is Luisa Raterta, while Jocelyn Elijaran took the seventh spot.
Raterta also finished atop the 30-39 age category, while Elijeran was third in the 40-49 group.
There were 1,961 female runners who joined Sunday’s run.
Top long-distance runner Sandi Menchi Abahan was one of the first to congratulate Martes in her Phuket run. “Congratulations coach Christabel,” wrote Abahan.
The team was also successful in the men’s 21K run as Richard Salano took the top podium while Prince Joey Lee was at close second and Jeorge Andrade finished fourth.*PNA
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