TMBT: Strong Sabahans colour the 2018 race!
Local running hero Daved Simpat has scored a new victory in his home race Borneo TMBT Ultra 100 after 2015. In fact, it was a very successful weekend for the Sabahans with more wins and podium places in the other categories as well. There was a major upset at km 29 as well, when ATM Championship leader and last year's TMBT winner Alessandro Sherpa pulled out of the race with knee pain - after leading the proceedings in the first 25 kilometres.
Simpat ran most of the race together with his fellow Sabah runner Milton Amat, until the latter began to fade on the way to CP 7. Philippines-based Dane Kristian Joergensen caught up and passed a fading Amat in the final 20 km to take a strong second place. Joergensen had been running more or less at the same pace as the leaders all day, yet could not seem to bridge the gap to Simpat. Another local Malaysian runner from Sabah, Wilsen Singgin, was third in the finish and thus took away the final podium step from Milton Amat. Singgin was running a very consistent pace all day and passed Amat at the end. Milton Amat himself was still happy to come home fourth and become the best-ranked Malaysian runner in the ATM Championship. Japan’s Hisashi Kitamura, recently 3rd in TMMT 100 and 7th in the ATM Championship, was proving his ultra credentials again and moved up to 5th place in the second half of last weekend's race. Kitamura also leaps into the top five of the ATM ranking. Canada’s Michael Mclean overtook 5 people in the last 10k and finished in sixth! Koh Kian Ti from Malaysia was 7th. Sam McGrath was 8th.
In the women’s race, Corinne Williams overtook Britain’s Lucy Scott after about a third of the race. The Okinawa-based American won her second ATM race of the season after 9 Dragons, although a dog bite still threatened to spoil her party at the end. Malaysa’s Malin Salungin is third. Kuala Lumpur-based Filippino Jefferlyn Castellano scored another good result with 4th. Hong Kong's Jocelyn Cheung decided to stop halfway, while home favourite Adelinah Lintanga did not have the legs to compete with the frontrunners and finished as 19th woman.
On the 50 km, which was not a points race but had a lot of quality runners in it, home-favoruite and Grandmaster Jassica Lintanga took a good race win ahead of Brunei's Erin Liam. In the men's race Julian Baker crossed the line first ahead of Daniel Fernandez and Sahaban Safrey Sumping. However, later Baker would receive a 1-hour time penalty as a mandatory gear check revealed he only carried one lamp instead of the required two.