Raelert and Watkinson love winning in Laguna Phuket

Michael Raelert made it three in a row while Amelia Watkinson successfully defended her title at the Laguna Phuket Triathlon.

| November 19, 2017 | NEWS

Michael Raelert takes his third straight Laguna Phuket Triathlon.

Michael Raelert takes his third straight Laguna Phuket Triathlon.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

There was no touching Michael Raelert or Amelia Watkinson at the Laguna Phuket Triathlon today as each successfully defended their titles. Raelert faced a much stiffer challenge in the form of Antony Costes, who also trains at Thayapura Resort, a favorite stomping ground for Raelert. The two raced side by side until the halfway point of the run, at which point the German managed to pull clear and run to his third straight title in Laguna Phuket.

Watkinson had a much easier time of it, leading the way out of the water then riding and running away from the rest of the women in the field to easily defend her title. Imogen Simmonds' attempt to try and challenge the Kiwi got derailed at the 4 km point of the bike when the Brit went down on a corner, but she was able to quickly get back up and easily out-gun the rest of the women's field for a solid runner-up finish.

 

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Hot conditions prevail

As it has been for the previous 23 editions of the Laguna Phuket Triathlon, conditions were extremely hot throughout the day. Raelert and Costes were in a group of four out of the water, but quickly turned the race into a two-man show as they blasted through the challenging bike course. A year ago Costes crashed on one of the steep descents that make this course so challenging (there are a few 18 percent climbs, too), but this year he stayed upright and the two entered T2 together and ran within 10 seconds of each other through the first 6 km. Raelert then broke clear to take the win, but certainly didn't feel like he was in any sort of shape to push any harder.

"The last few kilometers were just survival," he said after the race.

Australia's Mitchell Robbins rounded out the podium.

Start to finish

Watkinson has spent much of the last year and a half here in Phuket, so the BMC-Etixx athlete is all too aware of the hot conditions and the challenging course. She led from start to finish, never looking tapped as she easily held off Simmonds for the win. Yvonne Van Vlerken, who is coming off an incredible fall that included two full-distance wins in September followed by some top half-distance performances that netted her the Challenge European bonus, somehow had enough in her legs to run her way to third despite the hot and humid conditions. Former Ultraman champion Kate Bevilaqua, who will be back next week for the 70.3 race held here in Phuket, finished an impressive fourth despite just arriving two days ago.

 

 

Laguna Phuket Triathlon | Women

November 19, 2017 | Laguna Phuket, Thailand

Name

Country

Overall

1.8 km Swim

50 km Bike

12 km Run

1

Amelia Rose Watkinson

NZL

2:35:01

0:25:15

1:19:21

0:47:53

2

Imogen Simmonds

GBR

2:41:47

0:26:19

1:22:28

0:50:22

3

Yvonne van Vlerken

NED

2:45:24

0:28:30

1:22:56

0:51:22

4

Kate Bevilaqua

AUS

2:52:08

0:26:56

1:28:21

0:53:57

5

Robin Pomeroy

USA

2:52:51

0:25:17

1:24:52

0:59:41

6

Annelise Jefferies

AUS

2:55:31

0:28:32

1:30:10

0:54:12

7

Sylvia Gehnboeck

AUT

2:57:30

0:30:19

1:24:53

0:59:24

8

Rosanna Bille

GBR

2:59:14

0:30:14

1:30:45

0:54:55

9

Shiu Yan Leanne Szeto

HKG

3:10:09

0:28:35

1:45:35

0:53:25

10

Lauren Gibson

GBR

3:10:12

0:34:53

1:31:30

0:59:43

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Laguna Phuket Triathlon | Men

November 19, 2017 | Laguna Phuket, Thailand

Name

Country

Overall

1.8 km Swim

50 km Bike

12 km Run

1

Michael Raelert

GER

2:19:32

0:22:58

1:10:32

0:43:58

2

Antony Costes

FRA

2:20:29

0:22:58

1:10:32

0:44:50

3

Mitchell Robins

AUS

2:23:06

0:23:10

1:13:42

0:44:13

4

Alberto Casadei

ITA

2:23:58

0:23:00

1:13:49

0:45:03

5

Fernando Toldi

BRA

2:26:43

0:22:56

1:15:04

0:46:26

6

Per Bittner

GER

2:28:07

0:24:33

1:15:40

0:45:46

7

Markus Rolli

GER

2:28:46

0:23:32

1:13:31

0:49:03

8

Dennis Kruse

GER

2:33:57

0:25:36

1:15:59

0:49:55

9

Jaray Jearanai

THA

2:36:47

0:27:42

1:19:13

0:47:22

10

Guy Crawford

NZL

2:36:56

0:24:48

1:17:25

0:52:13

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