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German and Czech shine at Laguna Phuket Triathlon

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LAGUNA, PHUKET: 2008 Beijing Olympic gold medal winner Jan Frodeno took first place in a new course record and US$ 3,500 in prize money at this year’s exciting Laguna Phuket Triathlon.

The South Africa-based superstar posted an overall finish time of 02:24:56, besting the previous record set by Richie Cunningham (AUS) in 2008 by over three minutes.

Frodeno was followed home some 12 minutes later by professional athlete Matthieu O’Halloran (CAN) in second place with a time of 02:36:58. Balazs Csoke (HUN) completed the top three, finishing in 02:38:18.

Frodeno said after the race: “The bike section was a challenge due to my inexperience of the course and knowing how to pace this particular race…I am amazed at the fantastic organization and the welcoming people, I am so happy to finally be here, I have been trying to get to the race for the last three years – the event has got a great festival atmosphere.”

Radka Vodickova (CZE) won the 2009 Pro Women’s championship in a time of 02:46:15. She was pushed all the way by defending champ and thrice Ironman Champion Belinda Granger (AUS), who finished second in a time of 02:49:51. Fellow Australian Rachael Paxton took the third podium place with an overall time of 02:52:16.

Radka Vodickova completed the 1.8km swim in 0:25:02, followed by Belinda Granger just 14 seconds behind. Vodickova was also the first woman off the bike course, finishing in 01:30:52, followed by Granger, who completed the bike course in 01:30:36, the fastest time by a woman.

Some 1,000 athletes crossed the start line to compete in sizzling conditions at Laguna Phuket Triathlon on December 6.

The race began at the beachfront of the Laguna Beach Resort with the first wave starting at 7am with hundreds of triathletes vying for an early lead in the first leg of the Triathlon.

The 1.8k swim crossed two bodies of water, through the Andaman Sea followed by a beachside lagoon. First out of the water was Jan Frodeno with a swim time of 00:21:54, followed by Matthieu O’ Halloran 45 seconds behind in 00:22:39.

First male to complete the 55k bike course through Phuket’s tropical countryside was Jan Frodeno in an impressive 01:20:15, ahead of Matthieu O’ Halloran who came in second in 01:26:37, and defending champion Richie Cunningham in third.

The champion of the Team Relay race was Triathlon Travel winning in 02:46:10. Second place went to Donald Legget Racing in 003:00:37 followed by the Sheraton On B team finishing in 03:11:10.

The fastest Thai male finisher was Chadarak Chaikamjorn in 03:01:33, while the first Thai woman to finish was Natcha Pianprasobsuk who completed the race in 03:23:52.

Weather conditions for the 16th Laguna Phuket Triathlon were hot, with temperatures reaching well above 30 degrees Celsius during the bike and run segments.

The event saw an estimated 1,000 athletes officially start the race in an attempt to conquer the 1.8km swim, 55km bike and 12km run in and around Laguna Phuket.

Competitors represented more than 40 countries and ranged in age from 18 to over 70 years old.

For complete race day coverage, results and more images from the 2009 Laguna Phuket Triathlon please visit: www.lagunaphukettriathlon.com.

The next Laguna Phuket Triathlon is scheduled to take place on November 28, 2010: Start training now.

— Laguna Phuket



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Four arrested with guns and drugs in Chalong

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Officers have arrested four suspects and seized two illegal guns, 26 bullets, 319 methamphetamine pills and half a kilogram of marijuana in Chalong.

Officers first arrested 28 year old Dawrueang Pomsuwan. Officers seized 3.68 grams, 319methamphetamine pills and 20 bullets.

He has been charged with illegal possession of Category 1 Drugs with intent to sell and illegal possession of ammunition.

Officers then arrested 23 year old Panuwat Petlook. Police seized a handgun, six bullets and 3.02 grams of marijuana. He has now been charged with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, and illegal possession of Category 5 Drugs.

Next, officers arrested 27 year old Sakchai Sittisak.  They seized 9.48 grams of crystal methamphetamine, a handgun and 2 bullets. He has been charged with illegal possession of Category 1 Drugs, and illegal possession of a  firearm and ammunition.

And finally, police have arrested 25 year old Padungchai Paitong. Police seized 464.9 grams (half a kilo) of marijuana. He has been charged with illegal possession of a Category 5 Drug with intent to sell.

All were taken to the Chalong Police Station for processing.

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Chinese man who allegedly murdered wife now in custody

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A Chinese man who allegedly murdered his wife, is now in custody at the Phuket Provincial Court. The alleged crime happened in October. The Kamala Police Chief says he will face a murder charge if police find that he killed his wife to collect on insurance payments.

The Chinese husband is from Tianjin, China and is alleged to have murdered his wife during a family vacation in Phuket after buying up more than 30 million yuan (US$4.3 million) in life insurance policies in her name.

Read more about the alleged crime HERE.

Kamala Police Chief Col Somkit Boonrat says, “The incident happened at a hotel in Kamala. After we questioned Zhang he admitted to killing his wife.”

“Now he is in custody at the Phuket Provincial Court while an investigation is being conducted, which is expected to be completed before December 21.”

“We have received more information from the Chinese Consulate about the life insurance. If we find that Zhang killed his wife to collect the insurance, he will face a heavier charge of intent to murder.”

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Chinese man murders wife in 143 million baht life-insurance scam

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“…in the months leading up to the trip, Zhang had bought more than a dozen life insurance policies for his wife…”

A Chinese husband from Tianjin is alleged to have murdered his wife during a family vacation in Phuket after buying up more than 30 million yuan (US$4.3 million) in life insurance policies in her name.

Shanghai.ist reports that the husband, named Zhang Weifan, took his wife, given the pseudonym Xiaojie, and the couple’s 20 month old daughter to Phuket at the end of October this year.

On the third day after their arrival, Xiaojie’s parents received a call from Zhang’s parents who informed them that Zhang had told them that Xiaojie had drowned in a private pool in the couple’s suite at a luxury hotel.

According to a report from The Paper, Xiaojie’s parents were initially suspicious of their daughter’s alleged cause of death, remembering that she was a good swimmer.

Somehow, after reporting his wife’s death, Zhang was able to fly out of Thailand back to Tianjin where he was confronted by Zhang’s suspicious parents who insisted that he accompany them back to Phuket.

There, the parents had their suspicions confirmed when they were allowed to view Xiaojie’s body. Finding their daughter’s corpse covered in bruises, the couple then reported Zhang to the police. Under questioning, Zhang admitted to holding his wife’s head under water until she drowned.

Further investigation by Xiaojie’s parents uncovered that in the months leading up to the trip, Zhang had bought more than a dozen life insurance policies on his wife which added up to a total payout of more than 30 million yuan with Zhang as the sole beneficiary.

Xiaojie’s parents have since discovered that while Zhang had pretended to go to work each morning, he was actually unemployed. A total of 158 gigabytes of porn was also found on his computers.

Xiaojie’s parents are now seeking Zhang’s extradition from Thailand, believing that is more likely that he will get the death penalty in China.

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ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Shanghai.ist

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