The inaugural Tagaman Sport last Saturday was a battle among Saipan triathletes with veteran Lewie Tenorio ruling the field.
Tenorio timed in at 2:34:01 in the 1-kilometer swim, 40K bike, and 10K run to prevail against eight other participants. He completed the one-lap swim leg in the waters off Pacific Islands Club in 23:46, the second fastest behind Ketson “Jack” Kabiriel's 20:15 and held the best time in the bike leg from PIC up to Mariana Resort and to the American Memorial Park after submitting 1:11:39. Then in the run leg, Tenorio was one of the only four runners to complete the race from AMP to Oleai and back under one hour with his 58:36.
“It was a another good race for me and it was nice to win again in Tagaman,” Tenorio said when interviewed at the finish line.
The 42-year-old triathlete also topped his age group in the 2013 XTERRA Saipan and was favored to win last weekend's Tagaman Sport, along with fellow veteran Butch Sublemente.
Sublemente slid to second place with his 2:35:31, as he fell behind Tenorio by more than a minute after the swim and bike legs. The 40-uear-old triathlete logged 24:47 and 1:12:58 in the swim and bike legs, respectively, and had the second fastest time in the run race (58:06).
Sean Smith owned the best time in the run leg at 51:14, but settled for third place overall with his 26:41 in the swim and 1:25:52 in the bike parts, respectively.
Florence Antonio came in at fourth with his 2:41:26 and split times of 24:50, 1:17:00, and 59:36, while Kabiriel (2:54:41) dropped to fifth, as he failed to sustain his momentum in the last two legs after going out of the water first. Kabiriel was fourth in the bike leg (1:25:52) and sixth in the run (1:10:46).
The three other finishers in the men's division were Joshua Berger (3:08:07), Derek Chambers (3:13:19), and Jim Arenovski (4:12:57), while Mamiko Oshima-Berger was the lone entry in the women's field and had similar final time with her husband. Mamiko could have finished earlier after posting 24:29 and 1:36:17 in the swim and bike legs, but decided to run alongside Joshua and the couple made it to AMP with their hands up together. Mamiko still managed to place fifth overall in the run leg with her 1:07:12.