CHIANG MAI - BAKERY SHOP owner Prasong Janmahasathien captured his second title in two weeks with his win at the Bangkok Airways Lanna Marathon in Chiang Mai on Sunday.
The 36-year-old baker, who won the Chiang Mai Rajabhat Half-Marathon last Sunday, stopped the clock after the full distance yesterday at 2 hours, 58 minutes and 18 seconds. That made it a hat-trick of hometown victories for Prasong, beginning with his win at the Chiang Mai University Marathon in February.
Prasong only signed on for the Lanna Marathon on Saturday after having limited time to prepare.
“I was not well-prepared and I was just trying to make it to the finish line,” said the marathoner, who started running five years ago to tackle his weight and health problems.
In the women’s event, Wipawee Pratumsuwan, winner of the June’s Bangkok Airways half-marathon in Krabi, won in 3:19.22. At the finish line, an exhausted Wipawee was rushed to hospital before |doctors declared her fit to return home.
In the 21km half-marathon, 37-year-old national runner Boonthung Srisung enjoyed an ideal warm-up for next month’s National Games in Chiang Rai, timing 1:17.53 to claim the title. The Buri Ram-based marathoner, who said farewell to the national team in August’s Asian Games, is poised to defend the National Games title he has won more than 10 times.
“This is a good boost for me before the Games. I have to build my confidence, since younger runners are trying to catch me,” said the five-time SEA Games gold medallist.
The women’s title went to 25-year-old professional triathlete Federica De Nicola from Milan, who clocked 1:30.28.
“This is my first time competing in Thailand and I won! I hope to clinch a podium finish in the upcoming Ironman Malaysia in Langkawi,” said De Nicola.
The tournament was the seventh and last leg of all Bangkok Airways Boutique Run Series this year. The carrier also donated Bt100,000 to buy bulletproof vests for soldiers and police in three southern border provinces. The airline also donated 55 pairs of shoes for needy students in Chiang Mai, under its “Shoes for Kids” campaign.