Slow start doesn’t get in way of Matthew Hermosa 1st IronKids’ age group crown

first_imgMatthew Hermosa running to the finish line at Saturday’s Alaska IronKids. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCEBU CITY— Matthew Hermosa had a smashing debut in the age group of the Alaska IronKids, winning the gold medal in the boys 13-14 bracket in just his first try Saturday at Shangri-La Mactan here.The 13-year-old from Paref Springdale School clocked in at 35:08.33 in the 16.4-kilometer swim-bike-run course and he admitted that he felt the pressure of competing in his home province.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “There was pressure earlier, even until the start of the race it was still there,” said Hermosa, who hails from Talisay City, in Filipino. “I overcame it by using it as motivation, by smiling, and I was happy because my whole family is here.”Hermosa has bagged three gold medals in total in his IronKids stint, but this was his first in the age group.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHermosa started out slow and came out of the 400-meter swimming course at fifth then worked his way up to second at the end of the 12-kilometer bike race.Trailing Go for Gold teammate Earol Belonguil, Hermosa pounced on a late opportunity to overtake his older contemporary to become Cebu’s champion in the age group. DENR suspends entrance fee collection to Bohol’s man-made forest Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ ‘Game of Thrones’ spin-off on Targaryens may premiere in 2022 Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after US-China deal TECO donates $100,000 to typhoon-stricken Sorsogon Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted “During the run, I was still at second so I decided to pace myself where I sprint, then rest, but I saw my opponents getting tired so that was when I pushed myself going to the U-turn and eventually the finish line,” said Hermosa.“I’m just ecstatic and grateful for this win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists LATEST STORIES With the rise of e-commerce, is it also the end for our beloved CD-R King? Kiefer Ravena gets a side role for Gilas as he stays on the sideline at Spain tournament View commentslast_img

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