Back on top, Banjo Norte puts bitter past behind

first_imgVilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — Banjo Norte’s triumph in the 2017 Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines erases every bitterness he felt in the past three Cebu tilts.“When I crossed the finish line, every bit of those are gone,” Norte said in Filipino, looking back at the tribulations he faced in the previous editions.ADVERTISEMENT Walker, DiGregorio tow Blackwater past Phoenix for 1st win But past is past and the 24-year-old is just elated to finally return to the podium and once again rule the Asian elite category.“I was able to make up for those. I really prepared hard for this and even trained for three weeks in Phuket,” he said.“Next year, I’ll prepare harder so we can defend the throne for our team,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award02:47Gatchalian seeks probe on Kuwait’s fake autopsy report on Villavende’s death00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Teen gunned down in Masbate End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ After winning in 2013, the Cagayan de Oro-born triathlete has yet to replicate his success and reach the peak for Filipino elite participants in the Cebu staging until now.Norte could not defend his title in 2014 as he failed to take the four-minute penalty after organizers ruled him committing illegal drafting in the race.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Luck wasn’t on his side again in 2015, losing much headway in the bike course as two other competitors zoomed past him to settle for a third place finish.Norte admitted he only had himself to blame for his finishing fourth last year, citing lack of training for the Asia Pacific Championships. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more