LABUAN: Malaysian athletes dominated the podium at the 5th Labuan Duathlon (LDU) by winning four of the six categories today.
Thirty-two-year-old army personnel (ATM Melaka) Mohd Feldarus Abdul Rahman, who is from Miri, won the men’s Open title while his base camp mate Mohd Zuhar Ismail came in second. Mohd Nor Risman Ismail of Brunei was third.
Sabah made a clean sweep in the men’s veteran’s category when 1994 Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon champion Guianus Salagan came out tops, followed by Yamin Ali and Yusof Tungkob.
Forty-year-old Shahrom Abdullah, of Kelantan, won the men’s junior veteran event after beating two Sabahans — Jusery Gani and Yatim Zainal.
Malaysians also ruled the roost in the mixed relay category when Marlin Hing William (runner), Mohd Ridzuan Janawati (cyclist) triumphed ahead of Madeliene See Li Chie-Jasni Mohd Kassim and Elvina Jimin-Yusuf Ngongoloy.
Canadian Kathryn Deverlein won the women’s Open title after finishing ahead of last year’s Everly Putrajaya Trifactor International Duathlon overall winner Jessica Tang and Natashya Soon, both of Malaysia.
In the men’s relay, the Morocco-Brunei combination of Ammouta Younes (runner) and Mazran Jamin (cyclist) clinched top spot, followed by Safree Sabdin (Malaysian), Johnie Ngongoloy (Indonesia) and Fabian Osmon (Malaysian)-Niklos Minol (Malaysian).
A total of 407 participants from Malaysia, Brunei, South Africa, Canada, Thailand, Indonesia and Morocco took part in the annual Labuan duathlon, which comprises a running leg, followed by a cycling leg and then another running leg in a format similar to triathlons.
No times were recorded for all categories. – Bernama