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A bumper edition of the second Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand saw almost 1,500 triathletes turnout for the iconic half ironman distance race and the newly introduced Sunrise Sprint today (26th November) on Phuket island, a mecca for triathlon in Asia with a history of triathlon events dating back almost 30 years. With 31 Pros from around the world on the startline, it was all set to be a highly competitive race and the athletes didn’t disappoint with two first-time IRONMAN 70.3 winners claiming their respective crowns: Marcus Rolli (GER) took the men’s Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand 2017 title while rookie Pro, Imogen Simmonds (CHE), took the female title.
“It’s been a fantastic race. We’ve seen some very competitive racing across all the age-groups and amongst the Professionals, and the new hilly bike course has really tested the athletes. We had near perfect race conditions today with a calm sea for the swim and the slightly overcast skies kept the temperatures favourable on the bike and run. I must thank the people of Phuket and all the authorities who have helped us to put on a truly world-class Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand and an excellent Sunrise Sprint which for many, was their first ever triathlon,” commented Mr. Wilfred Steven Uytengsu, President of Sunrise Events Inc. and rights holder for IRONMAN in South East Asia.
Rolli at Ironman 70.3 Thailand bike course.
Rolli emerged from the swim stage of the race at Bang Tao Beach, which was officially started by Phuket’s Governor, Mr. Norraphat Plodtong, in sixth place with an official swim time of 00:23:15, but managed to take the overall lead in the bike stage from which he transitioned some six minutes 40 seconds ahead of his nearest rival Timothy Van Berkel from Australia.
Van Berkel managed to make up some time on Rolli on the 21km run but still finished three minutes 42 second behind Rolli who completed the course in an official time of 03:49:02 and with it was crowned Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand 2017 Male Winner. Brazilian Fernando Toldi rounded out the podium with a time of 03:56:47.
Speaking after the race Rolli, who only turned Pro at the beginning of this year, said “The swim was not that fast for me, but for the bike, my trainer told me before the race to take it easy to begin with, then after the first five kilometres I decided to push it and kept pushing until the 90km mark. This resulted in me getting a rather big lead and ended with me winning the race.”
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Second placed Van Berkel, who finished third overall in last year’s race, and has just become a father said, “I had a little boy about eight weeks before Kona which was exactly the best preparation for me. I feel a lot better this year than last, but this bike course was tough. I got through it in one piece and had a solid run to get second.”
Ironman 70.3 Thailand runner-up Eimear Mullan on the run course.
Female winner Simmonds, who is only 24-years old, also led her race from the bike stage and over the two-lap run course managed to extend her lead and claim the win in a time of 04:16:49, almost five minutes ahead of eventual second placed finisher Eimear Mullan (04:21:38), and third placed Dimity Lee Duke (04:22:54).
Following her break-out win, Simmonds said, “I’m so happy and and surprised. I’ve had three races in three weeks and this just tops it off.”
For the Thai athletes, it was Phuket’s favourite son Jaray Jearanai who delivered a masterful performance to be the first Thai finisher and overall winner in the male 35-39 age-group and with this win Jearanai claims one of the age group qualifying slots for the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, Hawaii in 2018.
Another stand out performance was from Sam Burns who finished third overall in the Male Asian Elite category.
As for the Thai females, Nichakarn Ruttanaporn was the first Thai finisher in a time of 05:09:20 – a new Thai middle distance record – and third overall in the 25-29 female age-group. With the most full distance IRONMAN finishes of any Thai female, Nampetch Porntharukcharoen crossed the line in a time of 05:31:31 while Thai celebrity Yossavadee “Yo” Hassadeevichit finished in an impressive 06:40:00.
Dr. Olarn Chowiwattana, Corporate Affairs Director of FrieslandCampina (Thailand) PCL., says, “I would like to congratulate all triathletes who have successfully finished the ‘Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand’ competition. Foremost is proud to have been a part of your success. We believe that our Drink.Move.BeStrong campaign will continue to raise public awareness of the health benefits from milk drinking and exercise. To play sports, you need to be physically fit. And good nutrition for physical health is a prerequisite for all kinds of sports”.
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Meanwhile, in addition to the Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand, the newly added Sunrise Sprint event got underway at 08:00.
In the men’s race it was Dennis Kruse from Germany who took the top podium place crossing the line in 01:00:23 followed by Saryu Onishi from Japan and Steven Gailliaert from Belgium who finished with times of 01:03:21 and 01:05:36 respectively.
In the female category, Sam McInnes from Great Britain took first place honours completing the course in 01:12:15. On Ki Chan from Hong Kong was second in a time of 01:15:43 while
Becky Bruhwiller from Switzerland finished third in 01:17:53.
TOP 5 RESULTS
Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand 2017 (Men)
1) Markus Rolli 03:49:02
2) Timothy Van Berkel 03:52:49.0
3) Fernando Toldi 03:56:47
4) Alberto Casadei 04:01:34
5) Alexander Polizzi 04:04:03.0
Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand 2017 (Women)
1) Imogen Simmonds 04:16:49
2) Eimear Mullan 04:21:38
3) Dimity Lee Duke 04:22:54
4) Parys Edwards 04:28:52
5) Robin Pomeroy 04:30:03
Sunrise Sprint 2017 (Men)
1) Dennis Kruse 01:00:23
2) Saryu Onishi 01:03:21
3) Steven Gailliaert 01:05:36
4) Russell Liew 01:07:29
5) Thanit Kanpai 01:07:48
Sunrise Sprint 2017 (Women)
1) Sam McInnes 01:12:15
2) On Ki Chan 01:15:43
3) Becky Bruhwiller 01:17:53
4) Brenda Haitema 01:19:54
5) Nicole Kiser 01:21:02
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Davao is an anchor tourist destination and one of the 7,107 times more islands that make up the Philippine archipelago. It is a natural haven for both sedate and daring pursuits.
Davao, on the southeastern seaboard of Mindanao is attracting more tourists because of its rich culture, abundant natural resources, forests, wildlife sanctuary and the imposing presence of Mt. Apo, (the tallest mountain in the country). Davao City limits sprawl over 224,000 hectares, among the largest in the world, leaving ample space for environmentally friendly expansion and development.
After Luzon and Visayas, IRONMAN sets foot in Mindanao with this addition to extend its presence across all three island groups of the Philippines.Davao City has continuously grown and developed infrastructure over the years to become one of the most popular touristic destinations in the Philippines. Athletes will have an easy journey to the start line through Davao international airport with direct flights from Manila, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, and will have a wide selection of world-class hotels to enjoy their stay in Davao, located on the East coast of Mindanao island in the Philippines.
“It is always exciting for us to announce the addition of a new event – especially in the Philippines where the enthusiasm of the IRONMAN community is exceptional. We launched IRONMAN Philippines on August 1st and sold out all entries in one day. We hope for such a tremendous response as we open registrations of IRONMAN 70.3 Davao on October 1st.” IRONMAN Asia Managing Director Geoff Meyer said.
The participants will enjoy racing through Davao’s fusion of nature and urban infrastructure. The race begins with a one-loop swim at the beautiful property development of Azuela Cove where they will go back for their first transition. They will then exit onto the main highway to start the 90km bike course. The fast, single loop bike course heads all the way to the turnaround point at Tagum City. Participants will then head back to Azuela Cove for the second transition. They exit out to the flat roads of J.P. Laurel Avenue towards the commercial district of Davao to complete the two-loop 21.1km run. Participants will be cheered by a crowd of spectators lining up along the streets until the finish line at the Azuela Soccer Field.
“We at Sunrise Events are excited to be offering a brand-new race in another part of the country next year.Davao will be our next destination for an IRONMAN 70.3 race and we believe this will be well received by local and foreign triathletes alike. We are encouraged by the enthusiasm Davao has expressed in hosting us there and I expect we will see this race steadily grow.We look forward to seeing you all at a new destination.” said Wilfred Steven Uytengsu, President of Sunrise Events
IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship Qualifying Race
There are 30 qualifying age group slots for the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.
The 1.9km swim starts in the beautiful property development of Azuela Cove. Participants will swim the Pakiputanstraight, following a single loop clockwise swim heading north. The swim leg begins with a 925meter stretch followed by a 50 meter turn then a final 925 meter stretch back to Azuela Cove.
Participants exit the swim and enter transition in the Azuela property to start the bike leg of the course.
Participants exit the Azuela property and onto the main highway to begin the 90km bike course.Traversing through several cities, the course is straightforward and easy to navigate with wide and scenic roads. The course will lead participants north to the turn-around point in Tagum City. After making the turn-around, participants will head back to Azuela for transition 2 and enter the run leg of the course.
After racking their bikes, participants will head back out of Azuelaand turn right heading to J.P.Laurel Ave for the 21km run course. The run course is a two-loop clockwise 10km out-and-back race course. It will pass through the commercial district of Davao where the roads are flat and lined up with people cheering on the participants. The race ends at the finish line in Azuela Soccer Field
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