Danish triathlete Rasmus Petraeus beat a strong field, including two-time Laguna Phuket Triathlon champion Ruedi Wild, to reign supreme in the Challenge Laguna Phuket yesterday. Australian Melissa Hauschildt made it a grand double by capturing her second
The 23-year-old Petraeus, who is making his maiden appearance in the event, which comprises a 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21km run, finished in four hours, five minutes and six seconds. Italy’s Alberto Casadei finished second 2.07 minutes behind.
Switzerland’s Alberto Alessandroni clocked 4:07.52
to finish third, while fellow countryman Wild came fourth in 4:11.11.
“I enjoyed the race. I was first out of the water and first on the bike and ran as well. I got much support during the event from kids. I start falling in love with this country,” said Petraeus, who started participating in the triathlon in 2006 as an experiment to try something new after ending his long swimming career.
Meanwhile in the women’s race, Hauschildt, Radka Vodickova and Tamsin Lemis, who made it 1-2-3 in the Laguna Phuket Triathlon, repeated the same feat.
The 30-year-old Hauschildt, who captured this year’s Long Distance World Championship and Ironman 70.3 World Championship, clocked the fastest time of 4:23.48 to finish ninth overall and first among the women’s challengers.
Former three-time LPT winner Vodickova from Czech Republic came second in 4:36.16, with Lemis of Great Britain content with third place in 4:44.49.
Swede-Thai Fredrik Croneborg, a familiar face on the Asian racing circuit who won this year’s Ironman Taiwan 70.3, was the first Thai to cross the line in sixth place.
“Had a good swim and was in good position on the bike. Finished with an OK run and a 6th place! Nice to finish the season on my home course,” Croneborg, who lives in Phuket, posted on his Facebook page yesterday.