By Camcer Ordonez Imam
TUBOD, Lanao del Norte – Satar Salem emerged as the top Filipino finisher in the 18-24 years old age group in this year’s Ironman Asia Pacific Championships that signaled a promising future for the 22-year-old native of Sultan Naga Dimaporo town in this province.
“Today, I will make history for Sultan Naga Dimaporo (SND town) and for Lanao del Norte,” Salem told his benefactors, including SND Mayor Ulwan Dimaporo, before the start of the race held last August 5 in Cebu. He went on to finish in four hours and 30 minutes.
His team, the Tri-SND Barracuda prepared for eight months with the last month spent in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.
“That is why we have continuously practiced and prepared ourselves for the race and to test our will and determination if we can run along with other well-known triathletes,” he said.
In a Vietnam competition last year, Salem was leading in his group, but was stung by jellyfish in the swim race that slowed him down. Despite the jellyfish sting, he went on to complete the course before he was given medical attention.
A teammate, Paul Jumamil En Torres, finished fourth in the Asian Elite Group of Ironman 2018.
“The sacrifices we have made were worth it. I am greatly thankful to Mayor Ulwan (Dimaporo) for believing in us. His support motivated us to work even harder and even encouraged us that we can inscribe our names in the history of this sport,” said Torres.
“What the team has achieved is the result of years of preparation and believing in the process that each step gradually made will lead to glorious days for Tri-SND Barracuda,” said Dimaporo, who is himself a member of the team.
Dimaporo said it was in 2014 in the Municipality of Medina, Misamis Oriental, when his team Tri-SND first competed for a triathlon race and later on added the name Barracuda when the team joined a triathlon event in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte.
Tri-SND Barracuda is a team composed of Muslims and Christians that showcases not only their physical and mental strength but also their unity and harmonious relationship despite the religious difference.
Dimaporo expressed his gratitude to Lanao del Norte Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo for giving importance to the youth of Lanao del Norte by initiating programs that develops professionalism and responsibility, like sports activities and leadership training under the province’s youth development programs.
The members of the Tri-SND Barracuda who participated in the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Philippines were Mayor Ulwan Dimaporo, Satar Salem, Paul Jumamil En Torres (4th Place: Age Group 30-34), Jalal Masla (6th Place: Age Group18-29), Jailani Lamama (7th Place: AG18-24), Muhammad Hanin Maruhom (9th Place: AG 18-24), Mark John Bularon (18-24 AG), Acas Malangcay (45-49 AG), Minzuari Pido (41-44 AG), John Rey Tumanda (25-29 AG), Usama Dimaporo (25-29 AG), Marcus Dimaporo (50-54 AG), Abdul Gaffar Dimaporo (25-29 AG), Abu Ali Alonto (35-39 AG), Jamal Dimaporo (30-34 AG), Jalal Dimaporo (35-39 AG), Zahir Dimaporo (35-39 AG), Zahir Dimaporo (35-39 AG), Hamza Dimaporo (40-44 AG), Usop Santican (45-49 AG), Ratna Dimaporo (45-49 AG), Jhunaire Maruhom (18-24 AG), Jalal Omar (30-34 AG), Mark Sangcopan (18-24 AG), Junel Baring (30-34 AG), Earl Olario (35-39 AG), Abdul Jabbar Macabato (30-34 AG), Jeric Suerto (40-44 AG), Clinton Ortezano (18-24 AG). Relay: Jennifer Paloma (Swim), Noah Dimaporo (Bike), Aubrey Balindong (Run). Iron Rids: Dome Alonto, and Razzaq Dimaporo.