SM2SM Run 2020 Salano beats Milo Champion Zabala
February 16, 2020
Richard Salano got the better of reigning Milo Champion Jerald Zabala with a win at the 2020 SM2SM Half Marathon held in Cebu. SM2SM is the biggest road running event in the Visayas. Salano timed 1h09.11 to beat Zabala 1h10.31.
Salano and Zabala’s times were the top 2 times in South East Asia Rankings for the Half Marathon for the first two months of 2020.
Both Salano and Zabala are members of the national team having, competed at the 2019 SEA Games in the 10k and Marathon events, respectively.
Salano’s time of 1h09.11 was slightly off his 1h08.45 clocking at the 2018 Milo Marathon Eliminations in Manila.
Zabala time appears to be a PB; we do not have anything else on file. It was a great 21k with local Prince Joy Lee of Cebu third in 1h11.46.
In fact, Nerza, Lapiz, and Emia also ran times that ranked them Top 10 in South East Asia for the event for the year so far.
Martes takes the Women’s Half Marathon.
Meanwhile, in the Women’s Former SEA Games, Double Marathon Champion, Cristabel Martes now 40 years of age, took the Women’s 21k in 1h29.09. Barely holding off Lizane Abella 1h29.35.
The performances still rank behind another Filipino athlete Nhea Ann Bharcena who currently leads the SEA Rankings for the year with 1h26.51 during the Milo Finals. Bharcena did not join this race.
Azlan Pagay and Ruffa Sorongon won the 12K Race event.
10th edition of SM2SM Run slated on Feb. 16
Start and finish will be at the SM City Mall at the North Reclamation Area in Cebu City.
Both Pagay and Sorongon will be competing in the 12-kilometer distance, wherein Sorongon is the defending champion in the women’s division.
However, this will be the couple’s sixth time to compete in the SM2SM Run, which is already on its 10th edition this year.
Above all, Sorongon has been a three-time 12K women’s champion, while she finished second to Olympian Mary Joy Tabal in the 21K at least two times.
Also, Azlan, for his part, had his best finish last year, which was fifth in the 21K. He has consistently made it to the top 10 and has made it a priority in these races to pace Sorongon.
Azlan and Sorongon both emerged victorious in the Cebu Marathon last month.
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