The Laguna Phuket Triathlon 2023, Southeast Asia’s longest-running final competition, concluded on November 19, 2023, at the integrated lifestyle destination of Laguna Phuket on Phuket Island. With over 1,000 Thai and international triathletes representing 30 countries, the event created a vibrant and enjoyable phenomenon, showcasing Phuket’s potential as a world-class sports event destination. Once again, it demonstrated to the world the allure of organizing top-tier sports events in the picturesque setting of Phuket.
The competition kicks off at 6:30 a.m. with the commencement of the Triathlon, featuring men’s and women’s pros. Following this, the sprint triathlon and duathlon participants dive into the Andaman Sea at Bang Tao Beach for the swimming leg.
Triathlon competitors face challenging stages, conquering a 1.8-kilometer swim in the Andaman Sea and lagoon, a rigorous 55-kilometer cycling route navigating mountain trails, and a demanding 12-kilometer run within Laguna Phuket. All races conclude at Laguna Grove, with the cut-off for each distance set at approximately 12:30 p.m.
In the men’s category this year, the victorious athlete was “Max Stapley,” the British triathlete, marking his debut in the Laguna Phuket Triathlon. He claimed the top spot by completing the race with an impressive time of 2 hours, 32 minutes, and 53 seconds. Securing the second position was “Max Studer” from Switzerland, finishing in 2 hours, 34 minutes, and 09 seconds, while the third-place finish went to “Anthony Costes” from France, recording a time of 2 hours, 35 minutes, and 32 seconds.
In the women’s division, the title of champion was claimed by “Kate Waugh” from the United Kingdom, securing victory in the Laguna Phuket Triathlon. She completed the challenging course in 2 hours, 46 minutes, and 04 seconds. The second position was earned by “Julie Derron” from Switzerland, finishing the race in 2 hours, 47 minutes, and 45 seconds, while the third spot was secured by “Sophie Malowiecki” from Australia, posting a time of 2 hours, 52 minutes, and 12 seconds.
In the midst of a strong representation by Thai triathletes in this year’s competition, Thanadol Wisarutsin, an 18-year-old from the Thai national team and the youngest competitor, secured the Thai championship with an impressive time of 2 hours, 51 minutes, and 51 seconds. Meanwhile, Jaray Jearanai, the Thai championship 11 times, completing the race in an impressive 2 hours, 53 minutes, and 33 seconds. Another noteworthy participant was “Tao-Somchai Khemglad,” a favorite from the teenage era in the ’90s. Making his debut in the Laguna Phuket Triathlon, he impressively conquered the challenge. This accomplishment marks a significant milestone, fulfilling his dream of participating in a premier global triathlon program.
Mr. Paul Wilson, Vice President and Deputy Managing Director of Laguna Phuket said, “We extend our congratulations to the triumphant triathletes of this year’s championship. Our heartfelt thanks go to all participants, across various sectors, for their dedicated contributions that culminated in the success of the 29th Laguna Phuket Triathlon, showcasing a splendid victory for Phuket, Thailand. This achievement mirrors the unity and spirit of community efforts, paving the way for the continued growth and success of the Laguna Phuket Triathlon in the years ahead. We invite everyone to anticipate its return, promising that its 30th year will undoubtedly be grander than ever.”
The “Laguna Phuket Triathlon” is renowned worldwide as Southeast Asia’s longest-running and most successful triathlon event. Over the years, it has attracted a multitude of highly skilled triathletes from various corners of the globe. This year, The Laguna Phuket Triathlon is ready for its 29th edition, thanks to pivotal collaborations with several national heavyweights. These include Phuket Province, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the Sports Authority of Thailand under the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, and Thai Airways, among others.