Raelert wins Laguna Phuket

Germany’s Michael Raelert, former Ironman 70.3 World Championship, made an impressive comeback at Laguna Phuket this weekend when he finished first in the 22nd annual Laguna Phuket Triathlon race.


Winner of the classic race in 2011, Raelert finished the 1.8km swim, 55km bike and12km run event in 2:30:14, with a swim of 23:55mins, the bike in 1:20hrs and the run in 43:44mins. Following home in second and third places were Switzerland’s Ruedi Wild (2:32:57) and Brit racing stalwart Stuart Hayes (2:36:17).

In the women’s field it was Swiss pro Simone Braendli who took home the win in 2:48:04. Followed Braendli in second was Hayes’ fellow Team Dillon athlete – and recent World Duathlon Champion – Emma Pallant (2:52:43) who then saw Phuket-based Australian pro Dimity-Lee Duke finish in third (2:56:08). Pallant’s fellow Brit Imogen Simmonds took fifth in 3:05:33.