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CHERNG TALAY: Australians swept the top three places in the 12th annual Thai Airways International Laguna Phuket Triathlon yesterday.

Winner Greg Bennett overtook compatriot and two-time winner Craig Alexander at the 6-kilometer marker on the run course and never looked back, winning in 2:31:40 and earning US$3,000 (120,000 baht) in prize money.

Less than a minute behind, Alexander claimed second place with a total time of 2:32:37, and Richie Cunningham (2:35:58) came third, as he did in 2004, completing the Aussie sweep.

In the women’s pro division, Samantha McGlone of Canada finished strongly to win in a total time of 2:44:16. Three minutes later, Greg Bennett greeted his American wife Laura as she crossed the finish line to take second place ahead of Australian Belinda Granger.

It was an outstanding weekend for the Bennetts, who were also celebrating their first wedding anniversary.

A record-breaking field of 700 athletes competed in the triathlon, which also included an unprecedented 42 three-person relay teams. The grueling race, which started at 8 am at Sheraton Grande Laguna, consisted of a 1.8-km swim followed by a 55-km bike ride and a 12-km run to the finish.

The first amateur finisher was Craig Johns from New Zealand, with a total time of 2:52:15. The fastest Thai finisher was Bunlubsak Doungdun with a very respectable time of 2:55:24.

The first Thai female to finish was the remarkable 14-year-old athlete Phuttrajit Sangkhaphan, this year’s youngest participant, in a time of 3:35:40.

Results

Men’s Pro Division: 1. Greg Bennett (Australia) 2:31:40; 2. Craig Alexander (Aus) 2:32:37; 3. Richie Cunningham (Aus) 2:35:58; 4. Massimo Cigana (Italy) 2:39:06; 5. Alejandro Santamaria (Spain) 2:41:12.

Women’s Pro Division: 1. Samantha McGlone (Canada) 2:44:16; 2. Laura Bennett (USA) 2:47:26; 3. Belinda Granger (Aus) 2:52:57; 4. Carol Montgomery (Can) 2:53:49; 5. Jocelyn Pollock (UK) 2:54:33.

Thai Men’s Division: 1. Bunluesak Doungdun (Chon Buri) 2:55:24; 2. Saman Gunan (Chon Buri) 3:02:09; 3. Chadarak Chaikamjorn (Nakhon Sri Thammarat) 3:02:54; 4. Wuttipat Bunjang (Chon Buri) 3:12:32; 5. Kiattisak Premarnant (Pathum Thani) 3:19:53.

Thai Women’s Division: 1. Phuttrajit Sankhaphan (Suphan Buri) 3:35:40; 2. Nuansiree Romphet (Suphan Buri) 3:35:38; 3. Nampetch Porntharukchan (Bangkok) 4:10:30; 4. Laddawan Arpapradit (Bangkok) 4:15:29; 5. Supada Boonsupa (Bangkok) 4:17:37.

Open Category Relay: 1. Hash House Harriers 3:01:13; 2. Banyan Tree Phuket 3:03:03; 3. Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket 3:12:44.

Masters Category Relay: 1. Three Amigos (Hong Kong) 2:58:35; 2. The Three Coconuts (Thailand) 3:12:44; 3. Just Kidding (Thailand) 3:12:54.

Clydesdales (men over 200 lbs): 1. Bevan Colless (Aus) 3:26:57; 2. John Zanetos (USA) 3:29:00; 3. Karl Siegling (Aus) 3:31:16; 4. Eric Saylors (USA) 3:33:10; 5. Mike Bolsover (UK) 3:41:26.

Complete results can be seen here.



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Phuket tourist decides hotel awning more comfortable than his room

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The Phuket Tourist Police have been notified that a tourist had jumped from a building in Rawai and ended up on a steel awning covering the bottom floor today. But that wasn’t, in fact, what had happened.

The local Tourist Police say the owner of the building told staff at the Tourist Assistance Centre that the tourist had checked into the room on February 13.

The tourist didn’t actually jump down from the building but had moved a mattress from his room on to the awning and slept on it (mosquitos!!) He was also drunk and damaged some property inside the room.

The man is a 37 year old Estonian tourist. He was staying at the room with a 25 year old male friend.

Chalong Police have charged them both with being drunk and damaging property. They have said that they will pay for all damages to the owner of the property. They are heading back home on February 26.

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Patong motorbike racer arrested and fined – VIDEO

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PHOTO: Patong Police

Patong Police yesterday arrested a motorbike racer after identifying him and his motorbike from video clips that were popular in social media this week.

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after video clips went viral in local social media.

Read more about the racing around Patong’s streets HERE.

Patong Police report that they have now arrested one motorbike racer and charged him with the maximum fine.

Patong Police are also asking motorbike rental operators to explain basic traffic rules for motorbike drivers who want to rent a motorbike.

(The Thaiger is assuming this would be covered when they get their motorbike license, which they are required to have before a motorbike is rented to them.)

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500 free helmets handed out to motorbike drivers in Patong

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Patong Development Foundation together with Patong Police and Patong Municipality have given 500 helmets to motorbike drivers in Patong today under the campaign ‘Wear your helmet’.

Handing out the 500 helmets to motorbike user in Patong was led by Patong Police Chief Col Anothai Jindamanee, Patong Municipality Chalermluck Kebsup and President of Patong Development Foundation Preechawut ‘Prap’ Keesin.

Col Anothai says, “Many motorbike drivers have been injured and died in road accident. We want 100 percent of motorbike drivers and passengers wearing helmets. ”

“More motorbike riders are now wearing helmets as the number of not wearing helmet charges has been dropping in Patong with better enforcement.”

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