Dubai’s Marvin Rosal RX Masters Champion in Manila Throwdown

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MARVIN ROSAL performing at the Manila Throwdown 2018.
By THOMAS G. MADELO JR.
MAKATI CITY — Marvin Rosal of Strong George Performance was declared champion in the RX Masters (35-39 Male category) of the 7th Manila Throwdown, an annual fitness event participated this year by some 1,000 fitness buffs from the Philippines and other Asian countries held  in Makati.
 Champion Marvin Rosal flew all the way from Dubai in United Arab Emirates to compete with his wife, Jo Chrystie Gabot Rosal who also competed in the well attended contest from May 5 to May 6 at the Circuit Makati in Makati City.
In strong finish after champion Rosal were in their category were; 1st runner-up, Grech Go of G-Teknika Home Gym; and 2nd runner-up, Sean Mcauliffe of CrossFit Minami.
For RX Female, the Champion was Yuko Sakuyama of Reebok CrossFit Raponggi, 1st runner-up, Deanna Clegg of CrossFit Win Your Body; and 2nd-runner up, Isabell Wolfe of Primal Ape CrossFit.
 In the RX Male,winners were: Champion, Justin Hernandez of SkyHigh Fitness Gym; 1st runner-up, Rocky Dorsjembe of Southside Fitness Gym; and 2nd-runner up, Han Sang Woo of CrossFit Rocketman.
The Philippine CrossFit community and Functional Fitness enthusiasts, spectators, and athletes gathered in the much-awaited Manila Throwdown 2018 Individual Edition Finals.
Manila Throwdown is a competitive fitness event that tests the overall skills and fitness abilities of qualified participants through different workouts, while they compete with other athletes from the Philippines, neighboring Asian countries and the rest of the world.
This year marks the 7th Manila Throwdown, which featured new divisions: the Teens Edition, and the RX and Scaled Masters 35 – 39 and 40+ Divisions. The Teens Division is for individuals aged 15 to 17, who aspire to be competitive athletes in the future. The RX and the Scaled Masters 35 – 39 and 40+ Divisions were added to level the playing field. The RX Division is for the elite level athlete, while the Scaled Division is for the newcomer and intermediate athletes.
Through different workouts, participants did not only test their physical capability, but also their mental toughness. Through it all, they pulled through with smiles on their faces and victory in their hearts. Finally, on the last day of the event, the winners were announced.
The other winners in the different categories were:  In Teens Male: Champion, Kael Tatad of CrossFit Infinitas; 1st runner-up, Victor Malcom Medina of CrossFit Subtero and 2nd runner-up, Moncho Cabahug of CrossFit Subtero. In Teens Female: Champion, Jasmine Jones of Unified; 1st runner-up, Josephine Sol of CrossFit Infinitas; 2nd runner-up, Margaux Prado of MNL FIT Kapitolyo.
In Scaled Masters 40+ Female: Champion, Sunshine Buddawapee of CrossFit Arena Bangkok; 1st runner-up, Jane Jones of Unified; and 2nd runner-up, Ana Liza Bangdo of CrossFit Infinitas. In Scaled Masters 35-39 Female: Champion, Rachel Limtong of CrossFit Subtero; 1st runner-up, Pamela Lu of LiftHard Athletics; and 2nd runner-up, Marica Llenado of CrossFit 1229.
 In Scaled Masters 40+ Male: Champion, Kal Albader of CrossFit Tay Ho; 1st runner-up, Farid Hii of CrossFit 1722; and 2nd runner-up, Jonathan Belleza of CrossFit Infinitas.
 In Scaled Masters 35-39 Male: Champion, Paolo De Castro of Primal Ape CrossFit; 1st runner-up, DJ Kauhini of CrossFit 1229; and 2nd runner up, Jasper Jan Lu of CrossFit Cranium. For Scaled Female, Champion, Akiko Kamitani of CrossFit Hakata; 1st runner-up, Jen Lopez of Fitness Terminal; and 2nd runner-
up, Erika Camacho of CrossFit Hita.
 For Scaled Male, Champion: Julien Prieur; 1st runner-up, Mark Luz of CrossFit Highstreets; and 2nd runner-up, Justin Dee of Avant Garde CrossFit.
For the Elite or RX Division, the winners were: For RX Masters 40+ Female, Champion: Missy Elwell of Unified; 1st runner-up, Rubporn Klaichoeuvong of CrossFit Arena Bangkok and 2nd runner-up, Lynette Suller of CrossFit FNB. For the RX Masters 40+ Female, Champion, Chalinene Bassinah of CSTL in Hong Kong; 1st runner-up, Suzanne Marsh of Avant Garde CrossFit; and 2nd runner-up, Oleksandra Hatase of CrossFit Hakata.
In the RX Masters 40+ Male: Champion, Taro Hatase of CrossFit Hakata; and 1st runner-up, Satoru Tsujimoto of Reebok CrossFit Roponggi; and 2nd runner-up, Merwin Torres of CrossFit FNB.
The two-day event brought an estimated 1,500 number of enthusiasts and spectators from different parts of the Philippines and abroad. Aside from the competition, the Manila Throwdown also featured local bands, and a vendor village that showcased brands in the fitness industry, and food booths for everyone to enjoy. Participating athletes and guests had the opportunity to meet other health & wellness enthusiasts, win prizes, shop, eat and enjoy local music.
“Manila Throwdown is a fitness tournament where athletes get to compete with other athletes, here and abroad. They have fun winning, competing and they also get to reassess their skills. Overall, it’s a community gathering, a culmination of a year-long training and a celebration of the community’s goal of creating better and healthier members,” said Event Manager, Tella Gutierrez.
This year, Manila Throwdown 2018 Individual Edition was presented by ESPN 5 and co-presented by Nagaraya, GoWell, and Reebok, Tanduay Athletics, Mega Tuna, Fit ‘n Right, Epic Enterprises. For more information about Manila Throwdown,
you may visit Facebook at Manila Throwdown and Instagram @manilathrowdown.
About Manila Throwdown: Manila Throwdown is a bi-annual event. Started in 2012, it caters to top-rank fitness athletes from all over the Philippines and abroad. For more information, you may visit our Facebook Page: Manila Throwdown and Instagram: @manilathrowdown. (philippinestodayusa@gmail.com)