Connect with us


Triathlon champ’s return to form at Challenge Laguna Phuket

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: A field of over 600 individual pro and age group athletes representing 41 nationalities, crowded Laguna Phuket this weekend to participate in the 2015 Challenge Laguna Phuket triathlon.

Switzerland’s Ruedi Wild successfully defended his 2014 Challenge Laguna Phuket title in 3:54:45 (swim 21:29, bike 2:12:17, run 1:18:21), breaking his own record of 4:02:43, despite being out of action for the past few months due to injury.

Belgium’s Bart Aernouts, making his Challenge Laguna Phuket debut, finished in second just under a minute behind Mr Wild, with a time of 3:55:41, followed by Italy’s Alberto Casadei. who came in at 3:58:22.

In the women’s field, Swiss pro Simone Braendli took home the win, finishing in 4:22:42 (swim 23:37, bike 2:33:50, run 1:22:22).

Following Ms Braendli in second and third were Jodie Swallow of Great Britain with a time of 4:23:25 and Laguna Phuket Triathlon triple winner Radka Vodickova of the Czech Republic with a 4:30:50 finishing time.

“It was a tough competition today. We were racing in such a strong field of pros,” said Mr Wild after the race. “I am very happy coming back here again and defending my title at my favorite race of the season. I want to thank all the people who support me throughout the year.”

Meanwhile, Ms Braendli overcame a huge challenge while on the course.

“On the run course, I followed Jodie Swallow by seven minutes and it was not easy to catch up. I never thought I can win here,” she said. “But I believe that pain is temporary, glory is forever, so I just sprinted until the end.”


This weekend’s Challenge race completed the week-long tri-fest, which began with the Laguna Phuket Triathlon on November 22. Video: PGTV

1. Ruedi Wild (SUI) 03:54:45.0
2. Bart Aernouts (BEL) 03:55:41.0
3. Alberto Casadei (ITA) 03:58:22.0
4. Tim O Donnell (USA) 04:00:08.0
5. James Cunnama (ZAF) 04:02:14.0

1. Simone Braendli (SUI) 04:22:42.0
2. Jodie Swallow (GBR) 04:23:25.0
3. Radka Vodickova (CZE) 04:30:50.0
4. Beth Gerdes (USA) 04:39:43.0
5. Katy Duffield (AUS) 04:40:15.0

— Phuket Gazette


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


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.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Coronavirus (Covid-19)52 mins ago

Kanchanaburi prison field hospital for 379 Covid-19 cases

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Covid-19 train sends 1,490 infected from Bangkok to hometowns

Thailand4 hours ago

Covid-19 Poll: People trust doctors, social media, 85% confused.

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Coronavirus (Covid-19)7 hours ago

Record high as Chon Buri hits nearly 800 Covid-19 infections

Coronavirus (Covid-19)7 hours ago

Covid outbreak closes Nakhon Si Thammarat rubberwood processing factory

Thailand8 hours ago

Nearly 600 temples now offering free cremation services

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand8 hours ago

Phetchabun chicken processing plant sees over 3,000 infections

Phuket8 hours ago

New Covid-19 infections drop, still worrisome for Phuket Sandbox

Phuket9 hours ago

Phuket “car mob” protest demands the removal of PM, calls for mRNA vaccines

Thailand9 hours ago

Samut Sakhon Governor Veerasak offers to resign if communication in his province doesn’t improve

Coronavirus (Covid-19)10 hours ago

Sunday Covid Update: 15,335 new cases; provincial totals

Coronavirus (Covid-19)10 hours ago

Covid UPDATE: 15,335 new infections, provincial numbers

Coronavirus Infections10 hours ago

DDC says infections still rising, possibly falling in Bangkok

Coronavirus (Covid-19)11 hours ago

DDC says use the QueQ app to book appointment at sports stadium in Pathum Thani

Business12 hours ago

Inside story behind the Thailand property seachange

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism5 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8