Swiss Olympian Ruedi Wild produced a clockwork performance once again today at Laguna Phuket. This time taking his very first half-distance win at 2014 Challenge Laguna Phuket (CLP) in 4:02:43, after his debut with title win at 2012 Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT), followed by another champion title successfully defended at 2013 Laguna Phuket Triathlon.
In the women’s filed it was last year Challenge Laguna Phuket’s champion in the women’s filed, world champion Melissa Hauschildt (AUS) in 4:27:40 defended her title today, and led her fellow women athletes by more than 10 minutes.
Wild was third out of the water (time 24:24) and then battled neck and neck with his pro mates on the bike (time 2:14:45) before claiming his win on the run (time 1:21:20), touched the finish line less than 2 minutes before Sweden’s Fredrik Croneborg, came 2nd in 04:04:02.
Hauschildt emerged 2nd from the swim (time 24:28) followed only Radka Vodickova (CZE), triple LPT winners who’s known for her best swim, then took consistent lead on the bike (time 2:29:31) through the run (time 1:27:06) to her win, almost 15 minutes before Parys Edwards (GBR), last week LPT champion in the women’s field, in 4:42:05.
The race today saw 2013 Challenge Laguna Phuket Champion Rasmus Patraeus (DEN); LPT’s four-time champion Massimo Cigana (ITA); multiple records holder and 2013’s 2nd world champion Luke McKenzie (USA); Alberto Casadei (ITA), recently-crowned 2014 LPT champion at a tie with Cigana; Till Schramm (DEU); and world-renown Triathlon’s sweetheart Belinda Granger (AUS) who announced her retirement from pro career at the race.
Wild aims to come back for his fourth win, “I always like to come back here because it means a lot to me. It’s one of those races that you want to come, and not one of the races that I feel like I have to do,” he said
“Although it’s really hot and humid out, making the race really tough today, the surrounding was nice and the hospitality is good here so I’m happy!”
A field of about 550 individual pro and age group athletes representing 40 nationalities jumped into the waters of Bangtao Bay at 6.30am to tackle the 1.9km swim, followed by a 90km bike ride and a 21km run.
The first Thai male finisher was Phuket’s own Jaray Jearanai who finished 18th overall in 4:37:04, broke his record from last year, in 4:41:31.
1. Ruedi Wild (SUI) 04:02:43
2. Fredrik Croneborg (SWE) 04:04:02
3. Luke McKenzie (AUS) 04:06:00
4. Massimo Cigana (ITA) 04:09:57
5. Rasmus Petraeus (DEN) 04:10:44
1. Melissa Hauschildt (AUS) 04:27:40
2. Parys Edwards (GBR) 04:42:05
3. Radka Vodickova (CZE) 04:45:48
4. Stef Puszka (AUS) 04:48:54
5. Beate Goertz (GER) 04:50:19