Phuket, Thailand – The 29th edition of the Laguna Phuket Triathlon, held on November 19, 2023, in the stunning setting of Laguna Phuket, culminated in a spectacular display of athleticism and endurance.
This year’s event, renowned as Southeast Asia’s longest-running triathlon, drew over 1,000 participants from 30 countries, underscoring Phuket’s standing as a top-tier sports event destination.
The competition began at dawn with professional athletes diving into the Andaman Sea at Bang Tao Beach. This marked the start of a grueling challenge, comprising a 1.8-kilometer swim, a 55-kilometer bike ride through mountainous terrain, and a final 12-kilometer run within the scenic Laguna Phuket.
Laguna Phuket Triathlon 2023 Winners
In a remarkable debut, British triathlete Max Stapley dominated the men’s division, clocking an impressive time of 2 hours, 32 minutes, and 53 seconds. Close on his heels were Max Studer of Switzerland and Anthony Costes of France, securing second and third places, respectively.
The women’s category witnessed equal excitement with Kate Waugh from the United Kingdom clinching the championship title.
Completing the course in 2 hours, 46 minutes, and 04 seconds, Waugh demonstrated extraordinary prowess, followed by Julie Derron of Switzerland and Sophie Malowiecki of Australia.
The event also spotlighted emerging Thai talent, with 18-year-old Thanadol Wisarutsin from the Thai national team claiming the Thai championship title.
His performance, alongside seasoned Thai triathlete Jaray Jearanai and ’90s teen idol Tao-Somchai Khemglad’s inspiring debut, signified a momentous occasion for Thai sports.
A Vision for the Future: Laguna Phuket Triathlon’s Role
Paul Wilson, Vice President and Deputy Managing Director of Laguna Phuket, praised the participants and organisers, emphasising the event’s role in promoting community spirit and Phuket’s global appeal. He promised an even grander 30th edition, inviting athletes and enthusiasts to partake in the future celebrations.
The Laguna Phuket Triathlon, a cornerstone event in the world of triathlons, continues to attract skilled athletes globally. This success, driven by collaborations with key Thai authorities and organisations, sets the stage for another year of world-class competition and camaraderie in the heart of Southeast Asia.
About Laguna Phuket Triathlon
Since its inception in 1994, the Laguna Phuket Triathlon has carved a niche as one of the most prestigious and beloved triathlon events in Southeast Asia. Held annually in the picturesque Laguna Phuket, a premier integrated resort destination on Thailand’s idyllic Phuket Island, the event is known for its unique combination of tropical beauty and challenging terrain.
Each year, the Laguna Phuket Triathlon continues to evolve, adding new dimensions to the race and enhancing the overall experience for participants and spectators alike. With its blend of competitive spirit, scenic beauty, and Thai hospitality, the Laguna Phuket Triathlon stands out as a beacon in the global triathlon calendar.