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Korean triathlete kills self after coaching abuse

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:34 AM

(UPDATED) Former Asian juniors triathlon medalist Choi Suk-hyeon has reportedly ‘sought help from many public institutions but everyone ignored her pleas’

TRAGIC. In a journal entry, Choi Suk-hyeon says she’s ‘shedding tears every day.’ Photo from

Casares delivers golden 2020 start for PH triathlon

Feb 22, 2020 - 1:08 PM

After an impressive SEA Games showing, national triathlete Fer Casares picks up a gold in Thailand

HOT START. Fer Casares (second from right) leads the Philippine triathlon team’s solid campaign in Rayong, Thailand. Contributed photo from Kevin Eijansantos

IN PHOTOS: Gold and grit at SEA Games 2019 triathlon, duathlon

Dec 13, 2019 - 12:07 PM

Here are some snapshots from the triathlon and duathlon events of SEA Games' Subic cluster

PH triathlon races to another SEA Games gold

Dec 02, 2019 - 5:08 PM

Proving yet again that it’s the best in the region, the Philippine triathlon team dominates the 2019 SEA Games mixed relay event

POWERHOUSE. National team members (from left) Fernando Casares, Claire Adorna,  Kim Mangrobang, and John Chicano complete the  Philippines’ perfect showing in the triathlon events. Photo by Marga Deona/

Mangrobang captures back-to-back SEA Games triathlon gold

Dec 01, 2019 - 10:25 AM

Kim Mangrobang completes a triathlon sweep for the Philippines after ruling the 2019 Southeast Asian Games women's triathlon

UNDISPUTED. Kim Mangrobang remains as the country's triathlon queen. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Chicano dominates SEA Games 2019 triathlon, bags 1st PH gold

Dec 01, 2019 - 8:13 AM

(UPDATED) John Chicano delivers the Philippines' first gold medal as the country scores a 1-2 finish in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games men's triathlon

GOLDEN BOY. John Chicano picks up his first SEA Games gold. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Mangrobang, Chicano race for PH's first SEA Games 2019 gold

Dec 01, 2019 - 12:50 AM

Kim Mangrobang vies to defend her triathlon crown as John Chicano targets his first gold

1ST GOLD. Kim Mangrobang (left) and John Chicano aim to cop the first gold for the Philippines. Photos by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Taiwanese siblings complete 2019 Mayon Triathlon sweep

Aug 18, 2019 - 9:23 PM

Despite juggling their studies and sport, the Changs dominate the men and women’s divisions of the swim-bike-run event

FAMILY AFFAIR. Chang Ting Ting and Chang Chia Hao celebrate their title run with the podium finishers. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Zamboanga joins country’s triathlon map

Jul 20, 2019 - 4:58 PM

The first major swim-bike-run event in Zamboanga City gets going with the Compressport Hermosa Triathlon on October 13

Go For Gold, Sunrise team up to discover new triathlon talents

Jan 24, 2019 - 4:02 PM

Go For Gold aims to develop future national athletes like Nikko Huelgas through the Sunrise Sprint series

SPORTS DEVELOPMENT. (from left to right) Nikko Huelgas, Jeremy Go and Fred Uytengsu work together to develop the grassroots program of Philippine triathlon. Photo from release

Japanese dominate 2018 Mt. Mayon ASTC Triathlon Asian Cup

Aug 13, 2018 - 6:44 PM

Compatriots Jumpei Furuya and Yurie Kato reign supreme in the men's and women's categories

DIVERSE. At least 750 triathletes from 18 countries joined the 2018 Mt. Mayon ASTC Triathlon Asian Cup. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia

Ironman organizer 'gets lucky' with new Cebu course

Aug 06, 2018 - 5:22 PM

Many Ironman professionals laud Fred Uytengsu and company for the great race organization

TECHNICAL ROUTE. Four-time Cebu Ironman champion Caroline Steffen is one of the pros who prefer the new bike route for it's technicality. Photo from press release

Pinoys nab Ironman 70.3 world championship slots

Aug 05, 2018 - 10:30 PM

Asian elite winners Banjo Norte and Alexandra Ganzon are going to Nice, France in 2019 to compete against some of the world's top triathletes

PINOY PRIDE. Banjo Norte (left) and Alexandra Ganzon top the Asian elite category while competing among the world's best in the Ironman 70.3. Photos by Beatrice Go/Rappler

WATCH: How Ironman darling Mendez fell in love with PH

Aug 05, 2018 - 4:56 PM

The Filipino fan favorite from Mexico recalls how he first felt that he was part of a family in the Philippines

FAN FAVORITE. Mauricio Mendez swoons the crowd after clinching the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific title. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Mendez, Kahlefeldt clinch Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific titles

Aug 05, 2018 - 1:06 PM

The 2018 Davao Ironman 70.3 winners repeat their title performances in Cebu

STREAKING. Mauricio Mendez (left) and Radka Kahlefeldt win the Ironman titles again in their second time in the Philippines this year. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

World's best duke it out in Ironman Asia

Aug 03, 2018 - 9:17 PM

Tim Reed and Melissa Hauschildt are picked as favorites to rule the Asia-Pacific triathlon championships in Cebu

AUSSIE RULE. Australians Melissa Hauschildt (left) and Tim Reed look to continue their Asia-Pacific Ironman reign. Photos by Ironman Philippines (Hauschildt) and Beatrice Go/Rappler (Reed)

Piolo Pascual, Enchong Dee lead Ironman relay squad

Aug 03, 2018 - 4:07 PM

The two celebrities banner the Sun Life relay team vying for honors in the 2018 Ironman 70.3 race in Cebu

STAR POWER. Sun Life Financial boasts a star-studded team composed of celebrity athletes like Piolo Pascual, company executives and elite athletes. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Couple sweeps Xterra Albay race titles

Jun 18, 2018 - 6:46 AM

Sam Osborne and Samantha Kingsford of New Zealand rule one of the toughest off-road triathlon competitions in the country

CHAMPION PAIR. Couple Samantha Kingsford (left) and Sam Osborne flank DOT regional director Benjamin Santiago as they celebrate their double victory at the finish line. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Bradley Weiss, Carina Wasle retain XTERRA Danao Asia Pacific Triathlon

Apr 23, 2018 - 8:26 PM

The scorching heat and the shorter course did not prevent the South African and Austrian from keeping their titles

The guy is Bradley Weiss, the one in white.  The girl is Carina Wasle, the one in blue. Photo by Mars G. Alison/Rappler

Cebu’s young triathletes dominate Alaska Ironkids Davao

Mar 25, 2018 - 7:58 PM

Of the 15 Cebuanos who finished in the top 10, 9 are members of the Talisay Luigi Triathlon Group

FIRST TO CROSS. Al Dustin Bersabal takes home the gold medal in the 6-8 Boys' category. Photo from Sunrise Events Inc.

Mendez, Kahlefeldt rule pro division in 1st Alveo Ironman 70.3 Davao

Mar 25, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Mauricio Mendez overtakes 2016 Cobra Ironman 70.3 champion Tim Reed and finishes with a time of 3:50:32

PRO WINNERS. Radka Kahlefeldt (left) and Mauricio Mendez (right) are the inaugural Alveo Ironman 70.3 pro winners. Photos by Sunrise Events Inc.

[Gameplan] How SEA Games gold medalist Claire Adorna powered through injury

Mar 16, 2018 - 9:42 AM

Powering through pain for the love of her sport and country, triathlete Claire Adorna overcomes the challenges of an old injury

[Gameplan] Athlete advocates health and fitness to beat cancer

Dec 07, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The moment Louie Sangalang finds out he has cancer, he tries to learn as much as he can about his disease, and tells himself he is going to do everything in his power to fight it

Huelgas, Benedicto clinch Top Asian Elite honors in Ironman 70.3 Thailand

Nov 26, 2017 - 7:25 PM

Filipino triathletes Nikko Huelgas and August Benedicto continue their winning ways in 2017

1-2 FINISH. National athletes Nikko Huelgas and August Benedicto take the top two honors in the Foremost Ironman 70.3 Thailand. Photo from Foremost Ironman 70.3 Thailand Facebook

Rappler Talk Sports: Back-to-back SEA Games gold medalist Nikko Huelgas

Sep 07, 2017 - 5:01 PM

Nikko Huelgas shares his journey to becoming a national athlete

Mangrobang, Adorna pull off gold-silver finish in SEAG women's triathlon

Aug 21, 2017 - 11:04 AM

UPDATED Triathletes Kim Mangrobang and Claire Adorna add two more medals to the Philippines medal haul in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games

1-2 FINISH. Triathletes Claire Adorna (L) and Kim Mangrobang (R) bag silver and gold medals, respectively, in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

PH's Huelgas delivers SEAG 2nd gold in men's triathlon, Chicano bags silver

Aug 21, 2017 - 10:10 AM

2nd UPDATE Triathlete Nikko Huelgas clinches back to back golds in the Southeast Asian Games

Reed completes Ironman 3-peat, Watkinson is new female champ

Aug 06, 2017 - 7:23 PM

Tim Reed wins the Cobra Ironman 70 3 Philippines for the third straight year

500 Filipinos register for the Century Tuna Ironman Philippines

Aug 01, 2017 - 6:28 PM

Interested triathletes still have a chance to join as there are about 100 slots up for grabs

Cebu triathlon to raise funds for indigent kids' heart surgery

May 19, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Cebu Rotary Club aims to raise P3 5 million at its 1st Rotary Corporate Triathlon slated for June 11

RACE FOR A CAUSE. The Cebu Rotary Club Foundation will raise funds to help indigent children suffering from congenital heart disease. Contributed photo

Jake Cuenca is set to race again after training accident

Apr 28, 2017 - 6:07 PM

Jake is determined to achieve a podium finish at his next race after he broke his hand while training for the Ironman triathlon

Jake Cuenca to undergo surgery following bike accident

Mar 14, 2017 - 4:06 PM

Jake is taken to the hospital after hitting a truck while training for the Ironman competition

Sam Betten triumphs in Bellevue 5i50 Triathlon

Nov 06, 2016 - 4:33 PM

Betten crosses the finish line more than 8 minutes clear of his opponents

2016 Bellevue Triathlon to kick off in Bohol

Nov 05, 2016 - 8:15 PM

The race will cover 1 5 kilometer swim 40 kilometer bike and 10 kilometer run

BELLEVUE TRIATHLON. Sunrise Events Inc. chairman and CEO Wilfred Uytengsu Jr. (extreme right) poses with the male and female pros seeing action in The Bellevue 5i50 Triathlon. Photo by Mars G. Alison/Rappler

See the Sea: WWF initiates Reef Strokes to save PH seas

May 30, 2016 - 1:32 PM

6 legendary Filipino open water swimmers compete at Reef Strokes in Nasugbu

SAVE PH SEAS. World Wide Fund for Nature organizes Reef Strokes, featuring 6 legendary Filipino open-water swimmers, to protect the Verde Island Passage and preserve Philippine coral reefs. Photo by Alexx Esponga/Rappler

Cancer survivor completes triathlon in Albay to benefit handicapped children

Feb 08, 2016 - 2:36 PM

The 54 year old cancer survivor completes the XTERRA triathlon in the shadows of Mayon volcano

FINISH LINE. Bradley Weiss, 26, from South Africa reaches the finish line after enduring a 1.5-kilometer-swim, 32-kilometer-bike race, and 10-kilometer-run during the XTERRA international triathlon competition. Photo by RHAYDZ B. BARCIA/Rappler

WATCH: The 10 top Rappler videos of 2015 on YouTube

Dec 23, 2015 - 11:22 PM

Here s a wrap of Rappler s most watched videos on YouTube

Gameplan Profiles: Progressive Athletes

Dec 06, 2015 - 7:26 PM

Here are inspiring stories from athletes who will stop at nothing – not even physical hindrances

New champs crowned at 2015 Safeguard for Men 5i50 Triathlon in Panglao

Nov 08, 2015 - 9:58 PM

Australia s Sam Betten and Dimity Lee Duke crossed the finish line ahead of their foes to become the new champions in the pros category

Sam Betten overcame the heat in Panglao to win his second consecutive race of the season. Photo by Maria Schatze/Rappler

Triathletes will push themselves to the limit in Panglao

Nov 08, 2015 - 5:43 AM

With last year s Safeguard for Men 5i50 Triathlon pros champions not around to defend their titles new champions in the men s and women s divisions will be crowned

SAFEGUARD. Many of the top triathloners in this event are from Australia. Photo by Maria Schatze

Gameplan: How pacers guide a 42K marathon finish

Nov 01, 2015 - 7:31 PM

Running a full marathon is no joke and these pacers serve to guide runners from gunstart to finish line

Gameplan: How not to do your first triathlon

Oct 18, 2015 - 2:36 PM

Triathletes share rookie mistakes and then some

Gameplan: How to input recovery into your triathlon training plan

Oct 11, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Recovery is 50 of a good training plan

Gameplan: How to do your first triathlon

Sep 20, 2015 - 9:07 AM

Here are Coach Dan Brown’s tips on how to race your first tri

Gameplan: How to overcome triathlon raceday roadblocks

Sep 06, 2015 - 9:39 PM

The best prevention is always preparation

Gameplan Profiles: Nikko Huelgas

Aug 30, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Gameplan puts the spotlight on SEA Games gold medalist for triathlon Nikko Huelgas

Gameplan: How to go longer and faster in triathlon

Aug 23, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Hint: it has something to do with lactic acid

5 tips triathlon terbaik dari pemula untuk pemula

Aug 08, 2015 - 8:44 PM

Pikiran punya kekuatan luar biasa dan tak peduli latihan apapun yang kamu lakukan ketika pikiran menyerah maka kekuatan otot yang ada di setiap bagian tubuhmu tak akan berarti

Photo oleh: Trixie Canivel

No legs, no excuses: Palaro amputee shines in Cebu triathlon

Aug 08, 2015 - 5:27 PM

Zamboanga native Jomar Maalam bests 2 600 able bodied athletes in the swimming event of the Cobra Ironman 70 3 triathlon The 18 year old paralympic triathlete has no legs

MORE THAN MEDALS. PTRAP’s relay team celebrate the end of the Cobra 70.3 Ironman challenge. Jomar Maalam (center) finished the 1.9-km swim while Raul Angoluan (2nd from left), a double arm amputee, did the 21-km run. Photo courtesy of the ParaTriathlon Association of the Philippines.

5 best tips I got for my first triathlon

Aug 08, 2015 - 3:43 PM

The mind is a very powerful tool and regardless of the training you do when that gives up – the strength of your muscles in every other part of your body will matter little

REPLICATE RACE DAY. During training, try to replicate the conditions for your race. Photo by Trixie Canivel