By Skola Sengi – EM TV Sports, Port Moresby
In Triathlon, Morap Wamagina has taken out the 2015 Sepik Iron Open division and walked away with K10,000 prize money over the weekend in Wewak.
Yang Wang and Moriap Bia registered second and third place respectively in the Open division.
This year’s tournament saw 31 teams aregister across the open, women’s and junior divisions. The triathlon event attracts teams from within East Sepik and other major centres across the country, and continues to spark the interest of both young and old to participate in the sport.
Village Inn’s, Xavier Kavan, set the pace in the first 100 meters of the 4km start run, before being passed by samespeeds Douglas Saboro at the first bend of the course.
Morap’s Jonah Waranduo took the lead heading into Wewak town, setting Joey Tony a 50m head start for the 800m swim leg. Lawrence Jakro then set a margin on the 12km cycling leg.
Triathlon Yang Wang, registering second place, and Moriap Bia clocking-in 1-hour and thirty-nine minutes secured third place in the Open division.
Engaging and promoting local businesses, students from secondary schools and volunteers within Wewak came to assist in officiating the event. Sepik Ironman continues its mission to support education and health services in Wewak.
Since its inception in 2004 local businesses Garamut, Tang Mao and Southsea Tuna continue to support the event with Nuigini Table Birds jumping on board to support this year’s edition.
Joining the campaign in sports development, four womens teams took on the challenge of the 22km course. This year, Lucky Charms took out the top honours.
In the Junior Division, MBJ, Triathlon Green Hill Investment and Yoshies clothing were awarded the top three spots respectively.
While celebrations continued throughout the day, Sepik Ironman remains the biggest sporting event in East Sepik.