Pete Jacobs wins Philippines 70.3 again
On his way home from North America, where Pete validated his Kona spot with a 2nd place at Lake Placid Ironman, he was keen to add another 70.3 victory to his resume.
The swim was held in the beautiful waters off the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa in Cebu, Philippines amongst the colourful and plentiful tropical fish and coral. It was here that Pete set himself up for the day, exiting the water 1st in a time of 21:26. Following close behind was Canada’s Matt O’Halloran and Cameron Brown who was determined not to let Pete get away.
Out on the bike, Brown worked hard to catch Jacobs and entered T2 just infront of him. Exiting onto the run course side by side, it was going to be either the fastest runner, or the person who could fight the heat and humidity the best, who would make it home first.
With the large crowds flanking the hot run course, it was the support of the local people that pushed the athletes home.
As the crowd started to grow impatient waiting for the winner to make their way up the finishers chute, it was Jacobs who appeared first and finished in a time of 4:07:38. Just under 2 minutes behind was Cam Brown and in third O’Halloran.
“Winning here 3 times in the Philippines is so special and I look forward to coming back next year to make it 4. The supporters out there were amazing and that was by far the toughest Philippines 70.3 of them all” said Jacobs post race.
The following day, the team at BPM-Sport joined Pete, his wife Jaimielle and a group of friends on a road trip to swim with the world’s largest extant fish species - the Whale Shark. Spending close to an hour swimming with the amazing creatures allowed Jacobs to unwind from the previous day doing something he loves- swimming with wild animals.