Baniqued caps off fruitful IronKids stint with tightest triumph yet

first_imgBaniqued was tested like never before, with fellow upstart triathletes hot on his heels from the get-go.The 14-year-old had a crowd with him after finishing the swim course in 5:55, but slowly gained a bit of a lead with his 17:51 time in the bike course to establish a lead against contenders Clifford Pusing and Adrian Thomas Dionisio.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’What he didn’t expect was a huge fightback from Joseff Miguel Quirino, who made up for a one-minute differential and gave Baniqued a run for his money with the photo finish ending.Still, Baniqued gained the edge by a mere millisecond for a time of 38:50. LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Ginebra halts NLEX’s unbeaten run ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Juan Francisco Baniqued. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — Bidding the IronKids goodbye, Juan Francisco Baniqued knows that he’s leaving the 14-and-under circuit in good hands.“My career was very good. It was very fun and I’m very happy to be part of the IronKids,” he said Saturday morning after claiming his fourth win in the 2017 Alaska IronKids at Shangri-La Mactan here.ADVERTISEMENT McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LATEST STORIES View comments “It was a very close competition all throughout. Knowing that it’s a close fight, I knew I had to have a little more energy for the finish because if it’s close, I knew I have to sprint. But I was confident because of my training and I had enough trust on myself that I can win,” he said.Seeing how his fellow competitors have closed the gap, Baniqued noted that the tight ending in three of the past four IronKids is a good indication for the youth.And as he moves on to new endeavors, the four-time IronKids champion gave a word of advice to his fellow upstarts.“Never underestimate your competitors. You just have to continue training because if you stop, they will catch up to you,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’last_img read more