Sunday, April 19, 2009

Dacera, Cebu’s Vega top Olango swim challenge

Dacera, Cebu’s Vega top Olango swim challenge
By Iste Sesante-Leopoldo
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 12:52:00 04/19/2009

Expect Cebu to host more marathon swimming events in the future.

This developed after the successful staging of the 2nd Olango Open Swim Challenge 2009, which started at the Cebu Pacific Resort and ended at the Tambuli Beach Resort in Marigondon, Mactan yesterday.

Philippine Amateur Swimming Association (PASA) President Mark Joseph said Cebu is a perfect venue for swimming marathon because of its strategic location.

Joseph secured the 9th place in the event, clocking three hours and 12 minutes.

Joseph added that Cebu has everything to accommodate tourists who would be interested to join the sporting event, which is an additional sporting event in the Olympics.

Australian Dale Rennie was impressed with the race.

“I would love to see more of this in ten years,” Rennie said, who topped the fun category in two hours and 21 minutes.

Philippine Center for Excellence in Aquatic Sports members Nikita Dacera, Kiefer Tacao and Emmanuelle Plasabas took the top three spots, respectively, in the men’s competitive swimming category. Cebu’s multi-awarded Paula Vega, on the other hand, ruled the women’s category.

The 18-year-old Dacera retained his dominance in this 6.4-kilometer open-swim challenge after clocking one hour and 11 minutes followed by Tacao. Plasabas settled for third place.

Completing the top 10 in the men’s competitive swimming category are Cebu’s Michael David Vega (1:29:32), Wilfred Steven Uytengsu and Guy S Concepcion (1:32:20), Noy Jopson (1:34:22), Loi Rafols (1:37:49), Anthony Welsh (1:56:21) and Aaron Asuela Florentino (2:05:22).

Karen Angela Tiambeng finished second in the women’s side while Loveleinell Casidsid secured third place.

The competition was made possible by the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) in cooperation with PASA. The event aimed to improve the living conditions of the people in the island of Olango.