PH cyclists pedal to mountain bike sweep

Leigh Nald Cabildo
(UPDATED) James Derick Farr and Lea Denise Belgira complete a Philippine sweep of the 2019 SEA Games mountain bike downhill event

 

MUCH DESERVED. Cyclist James Derick Farr adds to the Philippines’ golden haul. Photo by Leigh Nald Cabildo/Rappler

 

BATANGAS, Philippines (UPDATED)  – Philippine cycling captured a double gold as James Derick Farr and Lea Denise Belgira pulled off a sweep of the mountain bike downhill tournament in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games on Monday, December 2 here in Laurel. 

After coming up short in yesterday’s cross-country race, Belgira dominated the women’s event and finished the course in 3 minutes and 9.781 seconds to deliver the country’s first cycling gold.

Belgira edged Indonesia’s Tiara Andini Prastika, who clocked in 3 minutes and 16.986 seconds, while Thailand’s Vipavee Deekaballes rounded  out the podium finishers with a 3:17.607 clocking.

So far po ang iniisip ko lang po talaga clean run, yung faith kay God po,” said Belgira. “Sobrang nananalangin po ako na sana makuha ko po ito, yung gold na to po kasi minsan lang po to na maghost yung Pilipinas ng SEA Games po.”

(I was only focused on a clean run and my faith in God was there. I really prayed to get the gold because the Philippines hosting the SEA Games doesn’t happen often.)

 

GRATEFUL. Lea Denise Belgira relishes the experience of winning a gold in front of the home crowd. Photo by Leigh Nald Cabildo/Rappler

 

 

Farr captured the men’s gold  in 2 minutes and 41.143 seconds to complete a Philippine sweep of the event. 

Eleazar Barba Jr made it a 1-2 finish for the Philippines after finishing just a seond behind Farr with a 2:42.503 clocking.

Sobrang saya. Pinaghandaan talaga namin nang sobra ng teammate ko. Sa tingin namin deserve talaga namin ni Jr to, gold and silver,” said Farr. “Sobrang saya para sa bayan po ito, para sa Diyos, sa lahat.”

(I’m so happy. My teammates and I really worked hard for this. We think we really deserve this gold and silver. I’m so happy, it’s for the country, for God and everyone.)

Indonesia’s Andy Prayoga secured the bronze with a time of 2:47.868. – Rappler.com