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Triathlon tilt attracts 1,200

The Century Tuna 5150 Triathlon fires off tomorrow with a crack international field numbering to 1,200 including world-class tri-athletes to be held in Subic Bay.

Headlining the aspirants in the men’s pro category are top-notch Australians Casey Munro, fifth-placer in the Ironman 70.3 Busselton and Geelong competitions; Eric Watson, ninth-placer in Challenge Taiwan and Challenge Philippines; Justin Granger, runner-up in Challenge Taiwan and fifth-placer in last year’s Century Tuna 5150; and Michael Murphy, runner-up in the 2014 Challenge Philippines and third-placer in 2013 Century Tuna 5150.

Last year’s winner Luke McKenzie begged off from defending his crown in the event sponsored by Century Tuna, making it a wide-open battle with Slovakian Michael Bucek, the champion of the Bizent Bali International Olympic Distance Triathlon and 2013 70.3 Challenge Taiwan, and Hungarian Simon Agoston, fourth-placer of the 2014 Golden Triangle International Triathlon and winner of the 2013 Hua-hin and Bangkok Triathlon meets, also joining the title hunt.

Back-to-back defending champion Belinda Granger of Australia, meanwhile, is seeking to complete a three-peat in the distaff side of the event considered as biggest global Olympic distance triathlon series. The Australian ace has enjoyed a streak over the last three years, having ruled this year’s Challenge Taiwan and the Ironman 70.3 Hawaii in 2013, in addition to her back-to-back wins in the Century Tuna 5150.