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On a day that dawned clear and ultimately reached the high 80s in Subic Bay, Philippines, Australians raced to the top two spots in both the men’s and women’s field at the inaugural Challenge Philippines race. A surprise victor in the men’s field, Matt Burton (AUS), a relatively newcomer to triathlon but an experienced cyclist and a member of Australia’s Satalyst-Giant National Road Series Road Cycling Team, was elated to win his first international triathlon on one of the toughest courses on record. On the women’s side, Melissa Hauschildt (AUS), two-time Ironman 70.3 World Champion, proved pre-race predictions right as she hammered the competition on her way to yet another half iron-distance victory. Read the race recap.