Davao ace rider tops Matalam race

Guino-o, a native of Davao City, clinched the open expert title and took home the P2,500 cash prize plus medal.

His performance placed ace rider Hilario Ladra in the second place in one of the events highlighting the 46th Araw ng Matalam.

Dominador Garcia copped the third place honor in the one-day race that also featured competition in veterans and masters division.

Rey Dumandan topped the veterans division followed by Alvin Tinagan and Eddie Española for second and third place honors, respectively.

Elias Burmer shared the spotlight by winning the masters class over Conrad Mercado and Romeo Alumisin.

Early in the race, a participant rider from Cotabato City was rushed to the Cotabato Provincial Hospital after "he crashed to the ground hitting his right rib cage against a limestone," according to Dr. Giovanni Posadas of the organizing Matalam Health Office.

Posadas said Mike Bismanos of Cotabato City had difficulty of breathing after he suffered a fractured rib.

He said Bismanos was trailing behind another unidentified rider on the first downhill curve when the latter crashed lying on the ground.

"In an attempt to avoid running over the fallen rider, Bismanos instead ran over the fallen mountain bike. After which, he crashed to the ground hitting his right rib cage against a limestone," Posadas said.

The race covered a 19-kilometer loop starting from Matalam Municipal Hall Highway passing through Kidama, Manubuan, West Patadon, East Patadon, Amas, New Bugasong, Central Malamote. The final kilometer was asphalt road to the finish line.

Before the race started, Posadas said a number of applicants did not pass due to hypertension and lack of parent's consent for ages 17 years old and below.

He said there were complaints of strict policy implementation, but he noted that it was for safety reasons and keep legality of the race. (Rico Biliran / MindaNews)