Saipan bets also completed the grueling course of last Saturday’s 23rd Rota Blue Triathlon with familiar faces winning in their respective divisions.
Manny Sitchon was the lone representative from Saipan that joined the long course and placed second behind Kazuei Murayama of Japan in the men’s over 60 age group. The 62-year-old Murayama was 13th overall and topped his age group after clocking in at 13:41 in the shortened swim course, 3:02:35 in the bike, and 2:36:02 in the bike for a total of 5:52:18. Sitchon, who is two years younger than Murayama, came in second at 6:06:53. He timed in at 13:05 in the swim, which was the fourth fastest but lagged behind in the bike (3:16:45), and was just a minute behind Murayama in the run after recording 2:37:03.