Raelert and Watkinson take Laguna Phuket Triathlon

Michael Raelert continued his comeback by defending his title, while New Zealand's Amelia Rose Watkinson led from start to finish to take the historic Laguna Phuket Triathlon.

| November 21, 2016 | NEWS

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Started in 1994 by IMG, the Laguna Phuket Triathlon is Asia's longest running triathlon. The list of champions from this event includes a who's who of the sport - past winners include Jan Frodeno, Paula Newby-Fraser, Mark Allen, Simon Lessing, Greg Welch, Michellie Jones, Karen Smyers, Craig Alexander, Samantha McGlone, Liz Blatchford and Belinda Granger.

Added to that list for the second time is Michael Raelert. The two-time Ironman 70.3 world champion from Germany continued his comeback from illness earlier this year with a solid win. He led out of the water, was 37 seconds behind Antony Costes (FRA) off the bike and ran to the lead within 2 km of the run, never looking back as he successfully defended his title. Costes hung on for second while Australian Brad Kahlefeldt rounded out the podium.

Amelia Rose Watkinson led from start to finish in the women's race, finishing ahead of Emma Pallent (GBR) and former champion Radka Vodickova (CZE).

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Amelia Rose Watkinson

NZL

2:36:29

2

Emma Pallent

GBR

2:42:30

3

Radka Vodickova

CZE

2:43:22

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Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Michael Raelert

GER

2:19:13

2

Antony Costes

FRA

2:21:18

3

Brad Kahlefeldt

AUS

2:23:21

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