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Jacqui Slack takes 2nd at XTERRA Philippines
Jacqui Slack had the fastest swim and bike splits to take a two-minute, 35-second lead onto the run but Lizzie Orchard posted a blistering run split to take the tape in 2:52:14, more than two minutes ahead of Slack. Mieko Carey finished in third.
The result leaves Jacqui in 2nd on the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour after two races, with the championship event, XTERRA Australia, next up on the series on April 23rd.
Bradley Weiss of South Africa and Lizzie Orchard of New Zealand won the 6th annual XTERRA Philippines Championship in Albay on Sunday.
It’s the third win in as many weeks for Weiss, who captured the first two races of the XTERRA South Africa Series before traveling to the Philippines to defend his title. For Orchard, it’s her first championship win on the XTERRA World Tour following three runner-up finishes and an impressive 5th place showing at XTERRA Worlds last year.
In the men’s race Ben Allen was first out of the water, one-minute ahead of Weiss. Weiss then posted the fastest bike split of the day (1:25:30) to take a one-minute lead of his own onto the run. Allen crashed hard just before the bike-to-run transition but still hung on for second-place, holding off fellow Aussie Brodie Gardner by just nine seconds. Takahiro Ogasawara came in fourth and Charlie Epperson posted the fastest run split among elites to finish in fifth.
Both Jacqui Slack and Ben Allen will be returning to the UK and will be competing in the inaugural Eastbourne Triathlon, set for the 12th June 2016, and tickets to that race are still for sale. www.eastbournetriathlon.com.