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PHOTO: Ruedi Wild crossing the finish line in yesterday’s men’s triathlon event

Strong performances by Swiss’ athletes Ruedi Wild and Imogen Simmonds game them firsts at the 26th Laguna Phuket Triathlon yesterday (November 24).

Finishing first to claim his third Phuket Triathlon championship, Wild crossed the finish line at 02:21:07, just two minutes before his toughest contender, Michael Raelert of Germany, another three-time winner.

In third place was Krzysztof Hadas of Poland, with a time of 02:26:20. Simmonds clocked 02:33:14 to hoist her firstPhuket title, followed by Emma Pallant of Britain at 02:39:31 and Australia’s Dimity Lee-Duke at 02:46:12.

The Phuket crowd cheered on a field of more than 1,000 triathletes from 51 countries as they tackled the 1.8-kilometre swim, 50km bike ride and 12km run with US$20,000 up for grabs.

There was also a short-distance “25 For 25 Sprint”. The transition area was at Laguna Grove in the heart of the Laguna Phuket. Participants plunged into the Andaman Sea from the resort’s beachfront with mild weather.

The cycling and running became challenging once the Phuket heat kicked in.

“It felt amazing today,” said Wild.

“I feel very good here with all the people and great memories from the past, especially winning for the third time after a good performance. I’m really happy and hope to come back again next year!”

Wild started with a good swim knowing that Raelert would try to open a gap between him and the rest of the field.

“I managed to keep in contact with him and we both pushed really hard at the beginning of the bike, so we were able to get away and benefit from leading the field from then on. I was able to make a gap and secure the lead in the first 2-3km of the run, so it helped when I reached the last few kilometres, which are always really tough to get through in the heat.”

Meanwhile Simmonds said she felt “a bit overwhelmed” by her triumph.

“There was some strong competition out there today, so I decided to push hard in the very beginning and the strategy paid off. I had a bit of a gap in the run, so it was just the challenge of finishing in the heat.”

“The crowd were amazing out there supporting us, and all the volunteers were absolutely incredible, so thank you!”

Wowing the Thai crowd were the defending champions. Jaray Jearanai in the men’s field was once again the first Thai to finish, with 02:39:38, claiming his ninth consecutive win since 2011.

In the women’s field, defending her title as top Thai female, was Nichakarn Ruttanaporn, in 03:17:06. It was her fourth consecutive victory.

Thai celebrity athlete Anorma “Meiji” Cook finished her first Laguna Phuket Triathlon in 04:15:20.

In the 25 For 25 Sprint – swim 0.5km, bike 18.5km and run 6km, Oliver Trott with 01:02:24 and Rebecca Kirvan-Rodger with 01:18:46 finished first in men’s and women’s fields.

SOURCE: The Nation

 

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