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24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon to See Defending Champions and Elite Pros Vying for USD 20,000 Prize Purse This 19th November in Phuket, Thailand

Bang Tao
October 2017

Greetings from Laguna Phuket, Thailand, the home of Laguna Phuket Triathlon!

It is with great excitement to inform you that the Race of Legends will once again feature a strong pro athlete line up, vying for USD 20,000 prize purse on Sunday 19 November in Phuket, Thailand.

Headlining this year’s pro field are defending champions Michael Raelert (Germany) and Amelia Watkinson (New Zealand). Michael Raelert is a two time Ironman 70.3 World Champion. He has won the Laguna Phuket Triathlon twice and this year is aiming for a title hattrick in Phuket, something that has never been done before in the event’s 23 year history. The move is also an attempt to catch up with Massimo Cigana (Italy) who currently holds four-time LPT champion status.  Amelia Watkinson has had a slow start to the season but has won her last two races, the Ironman 70.3 Philippines and Ironman 70.3 Bintan. She has spent some time recently training in Phuket which should have prepared her well to defend her title.

Other notable pros on the men’s side are Cigana’s fellow Italian Alberto Casadei, co-champion in 2014. Another pro to watch is Antony Costes from France, a rising talent on the international triathlon scene. Nicknamed “The Tiger”, Antony finished second at Laguna last year and will try to do one better this year. He recently won Ironman Spain in the world class time of 7:49:19h, the second fastest time over the Ironman distance in the world this year. There are also a number of female pros, whose details are in the attached media release, joining us this year.

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