PHUKET: It was a big day of former champions at the 2010 Laguna Phuket Triathlon yesterday, as Italian Massimo Cigana and Australian Belinda Granger took top honors.
The pair were in dominant form in their respective races, crossing the finish line well ahead of the chasing pack, which included a host of top professional athletes and more than 800 amateurs from 33 countries.
The top Thai finisher was Pasayos Yongsakulchai, who completed the course in 03:05:54.
The top female Thai finisher was Mayuree Maidaeng, who finished in 03:21:40.
Cigana and Granger are no strangers to the winners’ podium at the Phuket Laguna Triathlon. Cigana was men’s champion in 2007, while Granger clinched the 2008 women’s crown.
Cigana, from Venice, blew away a top class field and finished almost 10 minutes in front of his closest rival, Sweden’s Frederik Croneberg. Denmark’s Aleksandar Markovic finished third.
The winner posted an overall finish time of 02:35:26.
The Italian’s performance is all the more exceptional when you take into account he only returned to training 10 days ago following six weeks off with a foot injury.
Cheered on by a sizable Italian support contingent, Cigana was well in contention after the 1.8-kilometer swim. He then took complete control of the event during the 55km cycle, racing ahead of the other competitors and finishing the 12km road run strongly to claim the title.
Speaking after his win, the 17th Laguna Triathlon champion was quick to praise the event.
“The rain meant that I had to be careful on the bike course, but I’m still very happy with my time. This is always an amazing race and the prospect of the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship next weekend makes it a really special atmosphere in Phuket. It was fantastic to return to winning ways here in Phuket,” he said.
Newly-crowned female champion Belinda Granger also lavished praise on the Phuket Laguna Triathlon following her success on Sunday.
“I’m absolutely delighted. This is by far my favorite race in the world and to win it again is just fantastic,” she said.
Granger had to see off the strong challenge of Great Britain’s Emma Ruth Smith, who had to settle for second place, while two-time former winner Samantha McGlone of Canada finished third.
Granger’s winning time of 02:55:08 was nearly five minutes ahead of second-placed Smith.
Australian Clinton Mackevicius created a record for the Laguna Phuket Triathlon by becoming the first amateur athlete to finish in the top three overall, with a time of 02:44:57.
Most of the professional athletes that competed at the Phuket Laguna Triathlon will remain on the island this week in preparation for the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship taking place this Sunday at the Laguna Phuket Resort.
Ironman is triathlon’s ultimate challenge – the single day endurance test consisting of a 3.8km swim, a 180km cycle and a 42.2km run.
— Andrew Jennings
Get more from The Thaiger
Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.
Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.
Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.
Bangkok asks companies to let employees work from home until October 7
Thailand News Today | Prime minister’s achievements since coming back to the office
Revealed: the best rooftop bars in the world
Father & 2 year old son shot in Chiang Mai
Officials predict over 100,000 people at Pattaya International Fireworks Festival
Six-legged golden frog brings good fortune in northern Thailand
Saii Laguna Phuket to hold a conference on tourism safety and security
Mother seeks justice after a monk slapped her son
Bangkok ranked one of top 5 expat cities
Woman abandons home after police ignore four burglaries
VIDEO: Brave citizens save delivery driver swept away by floods in northeast Thailand
Chiang Mai wakes up to a flooded city district
Japanese warned to take cover over North Korea missile test
Book on Trump reveals casual racism and homophobia
Thai bank releases bizarre ‘apology’ for repossessing the wrong house
5 suit tailors in Bangkok that’ll make you look dapper
Things to do in Bangkok that cost next to nothing (2022)
VIDEO: 500 year old Buddhist stupa collapses in Chiang Mai revealing hidden treasures
Thailand’s strange laws – 10 strange laws in Thailand
Is the dream over? China walks back Belt & Road ambitions
OnlyFans star sentenced to six years in prison in Myanmar
Thailand’s weak baht could have a silver lining in the tourism industry, THA says
Thai baht plunges to 38 against US dollar for first time in 16 years
Woman’s body in luggage found floating in Mekong River
Snitching on parking space hoggers could earn you 5,000 baht in Thailand
Canadian gangster in Phuket killing faces death penalty in Thailand
20 baht notes printed with errors, says Bank of Thailand
Maya Bay reopens once again to the public
Thai lotto winners reward ghosts with pricey Japanese feast
Thailand to extend Smart Visa scheme to draw talent
Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14
Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4
Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO
Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2
Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO
Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23
In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO
Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21
Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19
Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18
Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15
Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14
Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13
Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12
Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11
Environment1 day ago
Maya Bay reopens once again to the public
Thailand1 day ago
Thailand’s cold season expected to hit in late October
Bangkok3 days ago
Anti-Prayut rallies expected across Bangkok
Property4 days ago
What $100,000 buys you for a condo in Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Samui and Hua Hin
Chiang Mai1 day ago
River in Chiang Mai overflows, floods spread
Bangkok3 days ago
Garbage in canals worsens flooding in Bangkok
North East1 day ago
30 trail runners stuck in Isaan forest due to flash flood
Phang Nga1 day ago
Japanese man drowns near Phang Nga resort