Elias Tabac is 1st Filipino elite finisher in Top 20 of Spartan World Championships

Elias Tabac Spartan World Championships
Elias Tabac of Davao del Norte at the 2021 Spartan World Championships held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Photo from Elias Tabac IG.

Obstacle course race champion Elias Tabac has made history as the first Filipino and Asian male who finished in the top 20 of the Spartan World Championships recently held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The Filipino racer clocked in 2 hours and 50 minutes to grab the 19th spot overall in the men’s elite event of the annual competition at the world-renowned Liwa Desert.

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Tabac, who hails from Davao del Norte, shared about his recent feat on Instagram.

“I finished top 19th in the @spartanrace world championships in liwa desert Abu Dhabi uae,” Elias Tabac wrote in an Instagram post on December 4, 2021.

“First asian and first Filipino to cross the finish line with a time of 2 hours and 50mins! also being the first asian to hit top 20 In the spartan race world championship,” Tabac added.

Aside from Tabac, Filipina racer Sandi Abahan also finished in the Top 21 of the women’s elite event of the first Spartan World Championship hosted outside of the United States from December 3 to 5, 2021.

Both members of the Pilipino Obstacle Sports Foundation (POSF), Tabac and Abahan swept the gold medals in the male and female divisions of the first World’s Highest Obstacle Race (OCR) on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, East Africa held last October.

The first Asian Obstacle Course Race Championships were hosted by the Philippines in 2018.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to Elias Tabac for making history as the first Filipino and Asian male who finished in the top 20 of the recently concluded Spartan World Championships held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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