Croneborg and Luxford power through Phuket

Hometown hero Fredrik Croneborg and Annabel Luxford added their names to the prestigious list of Laguna Phuket Triathlon champions in an exciting 25th anniversary event.

| November 18, 2018 | NEWS

Annabel Luxford takes the 25th anniversary Laguna Phuket Triathlon.

Annabel Luxford takes the 25th anniversary Laguna Phuket Triathlon.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

It started 25 years ago with 284 athletes - a "made for television" sports event to promote Laguna Phuket as a travel destination. It continues on as Asia's longest running event, featuring a unique 1.8 km swim, 50 km bike peppered with some challenging climbs and finishing with a 12 km run through the spectacular resort. Adding to all the fun (read challenge) is the typicall intense Thai heat and humidity.

Anabel Luxford and Fredrik Croneborg overcame the challenging course and the hot conditions to add their names to the illustrious list of Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT) winners (past champions include Jan Frodeno, Craig Alexander, Paula Newby-Fraser, Michellie Jones, Karen Smyers and Melissa Hauschildt, to name just a few) - Croneborg used his intimate course knowledge to sneak away on the bike and never look back, while Luxford managed to overcome a wrong turn on the bike to net her win.

 

Fredrik Croneborg takes his first Laguna Phuket title.

Fredrik Croneborg takes his first Laguna Phuket title.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Hometown win

Fredrik Croneborg might still proudly represent his home country of Sweden, but he lives just a few kilometers from the LPT race site, so he's all-too-familiar with the race course. After coming out of the water just a few seconds behind swim leaders Clinton Gravett (RSA) and Stuart Hayes (GBR) - yes, the Stuart Hayes who was on the same Olympic team as Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee - and then pulled clear of the rest of the field through the early technical part of the course that winds itself through various small villages.

Croneborg got off the bike over two minutes up on Germany's Per Van Vlerken (formerly Bitner) and cruised through the run to take his first LPT title. Van Vlerken wasn't able to hold off Bart Aernouts on the run and had to settle with third as Aernouts rounded out his spectacular season that included a runner-up finish in Kona with another runner-up finish here in Thailand.

Luxford finds her way

After a stellar swim that saw her come out of the water almost 90 seconds up on Emma Pallant (GBR) and over four minutes ahead of countrywoman Dimity Lee-Duke (AUS), Luxford managed to give up all of her lead when she missed a turn early in the bike course. At around the same time Pallant flatted, so when Luxford managed to find her way back to the course she was chasing Lee-Duke rather than the Brit. Luxford was able to power her way back to the front of the bike and was a couple of minutes up in T2. The Aussie padded her lead through the run to take the win. Lee-Duke, who lives here in Phuket and trains with Jurgen Zack, stayed tough in her final tune-up race before Ironman Western Australia to nail second. Third went to Anna Eberhardt, who is originally from Hungary, but now lives in Singapore and does regular training camps here in Laguna Phuket.

Laguna Phuket Triathlon | Men

November 17, 2018 | Laguna Phuket, Thailand

Name

Country

Overall

1.8 km Swim

50 km Bike

12 km Run

1

Fredrik Croneborg

SWE

2:21:39

0:24:24

1:08:52

0:46:09

2

Bart Aernouts

BEL

2:23:28

0:26:45

1:10:36

0:43:36

3

Per Van Vlerken

GER

2:24:02

0:24:28

1:10:46

0:46:37

4

Massimo Cigana

ITA

2:27:00

0:28:29

1:11:58

0:44:23

5

Stuart Hayes

GBR

2:31:04

0:24:22

1:16:09

0:48:24

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Laguna Phuket Triathlon | Women

November 17, 2018 | Laguna Phuket, Thailand

Name

Country

Overall

1.8 km Swim

50 km Bike

12 km Run

1

Annabel Luxford

AUS

2:39:50

0:25:28

1:22:09

0:49:43

2

Dimity Lee-Duke

AUS

2:42:08

0:29:47

1:19:13

0:50:25

3

Anna Eberhardt

HUN

2:46:21

0:32:36

1:21:03

0:50:06

4

Sylvia Gehnboeck

AUT

2:51:07

0:31:05

1:19:44

0:57:38

5

Beate Goertz (45-49 AG)

GER

2:53:59

34:09

1:22:03

54:39

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