Denolo, Bermundo top Laguna leg of Milo marathon

Posted at 09/04/2012 4:49 PM | Updated as of 09/04/2012 11:23 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Roger Denolo and Marlyn Bermundo dominated the men’s and women’s 21-kilometer categories, respectively, at the seventh qualifying leg of the 36th National Milo Marathon held Sunday in San Pablo City, Laguna.

Nearly 7,000 athletes and running enthusiasts joined the race.

Denolo finished the premier class with a time of 1:15:53. He hopes to finish his first 42-k track and lead several other qualifiers into the Milo Marathon National Finals on December 9.

Rene Desuyo was in second place with 1:17:58, while Isagani Tacutaco ranked third with 1:18:03.

“I did not race for three months to condition myself for this leg. However, I am not sure if I can do as much training for the national finals, as I am competing at this year’s UAAP games. I am hoping to improve my performance and place at the Top 10 nonetheless,” Denolo, who is a varsity member of the University of Santo Tomas athletics team, said in a statement.

Bermundo, on the other hand, ruled the women’s 21-k category with a time of 1:49:52, followed by Genevieve dela Peña with 1:53:30 and Mila Paje with 1:55:41.

“The uphill trail helped me gain distance from the other runners. I was able to prepare for the landscape of the race more than the others, and I am still aiming to develop my shape for the next race,” she said.

Meanwhile, San Pablo City National High School won the Biggest Delegation and Fastest Delegation awards with 555 participants and an aggregate time of 27:52:02.