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Taiwanese dominate Phuket Marathon

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CHERNG TALAY (Gazette, Nation): Taiwan’s Ko Shih Chieh won the inaugural Phuket International Marathon on June 18, while two Thai SEA Games gold medalists, Boonchu Chandecha and Boonthueng Srisang, were the best of the local runners, winning gold in the half marathon and 10k events, respectively.

Boonchoo, from Chumphon, won the gold medal in the marathon in the 2005 SEA Games in Manila.

Boonthueng, of Buri Ram, also won gold in the SEA Games, coming in first in both the 5k and 10k events, and a a silver and a bronze in long-distance track events at the 2003 SEA Games in Vietnam.

Ko clocked three hours, 36 seconds for his victory. “The weather and the conditions were very difficult for me because there were many hills,” said the 27 year-old, who finished 22nd in the Italy Hill Marathon three years ago.

Second place went to another Taiwanese, Chi Ming Chan, while Hong Kong’s Lok Wai Tse was third.

Some 2,000 runners from Thailand and many other countries in Asia took part in either the marathon or shorter events, including large contingents from Japan, Taiwan and South Korea.

There were also runners from as far afield as Australia, Europe and North America, including the woman’s full marathon winner Heather Gregg of the US, who completed the course in just under four hours.

Marketed under the slogan, “Run Paradise”, the competition was really a series of events, all starting and finishing at Laguna Phuket.

In addition to the 42.2-kilometer marathon course that went to Sirinat National Park and back, there was a 21.1-km half-marathon, a 10-km fun run and 1km “Kids Run”.

Trophies were awarded to the top three finishers in each age group and all finishers took home a commemorative medal.

About 60% of all the foreign runners were Japanese, led by “race ambassador” and former Olympic marathon runner Akemi Masuda, who now is a well-known sports commentator.

Raising eyebrows and interest among the male spectators lining the race route was 26-year-old Korean singing star, Lee Hee Jin, who competed in the 10k fun run.

She is one of five members of the popular K-pop band Baby VOX, in addition to being a TV actress.

The exact race distances were measured and certified by the Association of International Marathons and Road Races (AIMS).

The races were organized by Go Adventure Asia Co, Ltd and Phuket Province, with support from the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Airways and Laguna Phuket.

RESULTS

Men’s Marathon (42.2 km): 1. Ko Shih Chieh (Taiwan) 3:00:36; 2. Chi Ming Chan (Taiwan) 3:12:09; 3. Lok Wai Tse (Hong Kong) 3:14:20.

Men’s Half Marathon (21.1km): 1. Boonchu Chandecha (Thailand) 1:18:04; 2. Niwat Oythip (Thailand) 1:21:52; 3. Sitthipong Chenglai (Thailand) 1:22:00.

Men’s Fun Run (10km): 1. Boonthueng Srisung (Thailand) 0:33:58; Jai Putchuay (Thailand) 0:36:18; Aekarat Punthip (Thailand) 0:36:19.

Woman’s Marathon (42.2km): 1. Heather Gregg (USA) 3:58:24; 2. Nampetch Porntharakcharoen (Thailand) 4:09:56; 3.Yi Mei Tsai (Taiwan) 4:11:14.

Women’s Half Marathon (21.1km): 1.Gillian Castka (UK) 1:34:40; 2. Georgia Bamber (Australia) 1:41:59; 3. Lynne Isobel Speirs (UK) 1:47:22.

Women’s Fun Run (10km): 1. Anong Piriyaprut (Thailand) 0:47:28; 2. Karuna Nakhara (Thailand) 0:47:29; 3. Wannaporn Siriboon (Thailand) 0:48:48.



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Slow loris released back into Phuket forest

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PHOTOS: Department of National Parks

Officers from of the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area have helped in the release of a slow loris back into the wild yesterday.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation reports that the head of Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area, Pongchart Chueahom, yesterday released the slow loris to the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Are in Thalang.

The slow loris was found near a furniture factory in Thalang last week. It was being treated at a pet hospital before being handed over to Khun Pongchart when it was ready to be set free.

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Seastead structure dragged back to shore by Royal Thai Navy

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A floating seastead has today been towed by a naval vessel back to the Port of Phuket in Cape Panwa. Meanwhile the Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam is challenging the owners and builders of the structure to take the Thai Government and Navy to the International Court of Justice.

The Royal Thai Navy’s Third Fleet ventured out with a group of reporters on Saturday to inspect the floating seastead, the first of about 20 planned Ocean Builders for the open waters about 22km from Phuket’s Koh Racha Yai.

Nothing valuable was found on board the octagon-shaped steel and aluminium structure which was attached to a floating platform.

Two vessels were used in today’s operation. The living quarters were detached and placed on the first vessel and the second towed the floating platform to the shore for safe keeping pending legal action against its owner as well as the builder, Ocean Builders Company.

Dr. Wissanu said yesterday that Thai authorities were authorised to remove or dismantle the floating housing unit with or without the consent of its owner after finding the structure could pose a threat to Thai national security and sovereignty in accordance with Article 119 of the Criminal Code.

He said that the structure also posed an obstacle to vessels and was located not far from an oil rig.

Regarding the threat by Ocean Builders Company to sue the Thai government in the International Court of Justice for the removal, the deputy PM says he welcomes the move, noting that no government anywhere would allow a seastead settlement near their maritime territory.

Seasteader Chad Andrew Edwartowski and his Thai wife, Mrs. Nadia Summergirl, are wanted by the Thai police for questioning after Thai immigration revoked the American’s non-immigrant visa and blacklisted him.

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Phuket taxi slams into tree in Phattalung

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PHOTOS: Phattalung Rescue

Two people have sustained serious injuries after a Phuket taxi slammed into a tree in Phattalung last night.

Phattalung rescue workers were notified of the accident in Mueang Pattalung District at 7.57pm last night (Sunday).

They arrived at the scene to find the Phuket registered taxi resting in front of the big tree on the side of the road near a temple. The front of the vehicle had extensive damage following the collision.

The two people who sustained serious injuries were 58 year old Wanchai Srithong and 64 year old Jamras Srithong. They were both taken to the Phattalung Hospital.

Pattalung City Police are continuing their investigation. There has been no explanation given at this stage as to why a Phuket taxi was in Phattalung.

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