Twenty-eight completed the 2013 Taga Kids held around the American Memorial Park last Saturday.
Leading the finishers was Rintaro Miyawaki, who posted the fastest time in the boys 6 to 8 age group with his 20:45.32. Miyawaki timed in at 2:41.17 (fastest) in the swim leg (around 100m) in the waters off Micro Beach and submitted 10:39.80 and 7:24.35 (fastest) in the bike and run races (around the AMP park), respectively, to beat Akira Kadokura (21:35.26) and Taiyo Akimaru (23:04.50).
Kadokura held the second best time in the swim leg with his 2:47.81 and topped the bike race with his 10:34.71, but fell short of catching up Miyawaki after recording 8:12.84 in the run leg. Akimaru, on the other hand, had split times of 2:40.87, 11:15.13, and 8:58.70.
Nine others joined the boys 6 to 8 race with Juhn Tenorio coming in at fourth with his 23:26.50, followed by Dylan Mister (23:39.67), Arman Kaito Rechucher (24:05.53), Louis Henley (24:04.22), Leo Takahashi (25:17.19), Jinnosuke Suzuki (26:47.66), Rentaro Suzuki (27:06.90), David Tsukagoshi (31.52.53), and Wataru Kadokura (33:59.16).
In the girls 6 to 8, it was a down-to-the-wire finish between Coume Kaga and Soleil Lamar with the former timing in at 23:51.44 against the latter's 23:53.46. Ayaka Sato completed the Top 3 after tallying 30:28.15.
Kaga was second out of the water with her 4:02.24, while Lamar was the fastest at 3:49.27. Kaga then grabbed the lead in the bike race after timing in at 11:39.45 against the 12.17.59 of Lamar. Lamar again was the fastest in the run with her 7:46.60, but Kaga gained enough cushion in the bike to finish ahead despite her 8:09.75 in the run leg.
The boys 9 to 12 division was also decided in seconds with Lennosuki Suzuki ruling the age group after submitting 40.13.53. David Boyer-Roberto settled for second with his 40:47.80, while Blake Mister rounded out the Top 3 after logging 41:41.67. Suzuki, who earlier joined the Tagaman relay, returned to the water in the afternoon and was first out to the swim-bike transition area after recording 5:44.24 in the swim leg, about 11 seconds ahead of Boyer-Roberto's 5:55.34. He then lost the lead in the bike after posting 18:43.16 against Boyer-Roberto's 16:50.63, but still finished on top after tallying 15:46.13 in the run versus the 18:01.83 of the latter.
Other finishers in the boys 9 to 12 were Rinto Takahashi (43:12.13), Ichiro (46:43.33) and Taka Borja (49:42.12), Michael Villagomez (50:01.79), Miku Torres (54:31.33), and Michail Villagomez (1:05:51).
Conatsu Kaga duplicated her younger sister's first place finish after topping the girls 9 to 12 age group with a time of 43:55.82. Conatsu, who had 6:47.01 and 20:15.92 in the swim and bike legs, finished about four minutes ahead of Jin Ju Thompson after a blistering run where she timed in at 16:52.89. Thompson clocked in at 47:43.61 after having split times of 6:39.78, 21:24.51, and 19:39.32. Sami Nimura completed the field with a combined timed of 55:07:99 (9:28.31, 27:05.32, and 19:34.36).
Meanwhile, after joining the Tagaman relay and coming out of the water fourth overall behind three male pros, Angel Marie Tan had her taste of the entire triathlon and completed the longest race in Taga Kids at 1:00:37. She had split times of 7:46.15, 28:54.37, and 23:57.