Erediano nabs podium spot in SEATA

CEBUANA triathlete Moira Frances Erediano made her presence felt Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, at the Southeast Asian Triathlon Association (Seata) Race in Desaru, Malaysia.The 17-year-old nabbed second place in the female Seata elite junior after clocking in 1 hour, 14 minutes and 1 second in the 750-meter swim, 20K bike and 5K run.Erediano was 30 seconds behind Seata elite junior champion and teammate Katrina Salazar. Teo She Hui finished in third place with a time of 1:14:49.The Grade 12 student of Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu smashed the 20K bike course clocking in 36:33 to put herself in contention after trailing in the swim part with 13:36.Erediano and Salazar were toe-to-toe in the run leg with the two runners having 23:04 and 23:08 time.The Philippine team sent by the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (Trap) is composed of Erediano, Salazar and Francisco Baniqued, who finished second in the men’s Seata Elite Under-23.Baniqued crossed the finish line in 1:02:55, a minute behind champion Xian Hao Chong. Luke Chua nabbed third place in 1:03:07.Last month, Erediano of TeamBikeStop/Go For Gold PH also placed second in the TriFactor Dong Nai-Vietnam Duathlon held in Dong Nai, Vietnam.Since the return of triathlon events after a two-year hiatus caused by Covid-19 restrictions, Erediano has racked up wins in local and international races.She was the overall female winner in the Dumaguete City Triathlon last April, topped the 15-19 years old category of the Sun Life 5150 race in Panglao Island, Bohol in July and secured podium spot in the Tagudin, Ilocos Sur Triathlon/Duathlon in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur also in July.