Switzerland’s Ruedi Wild defended his 2014 Challenge Laguna Phuket title, finishing first in 3:54:45 (swim 21:29, bike 2:12:17, run 1:18:21) at the half-distance 2015 Challenge Laguna Phuket (1.9K swim, 90K bike, 21K run), in Phuket, Thailand.

Wild’s time broke his own winning record of 4:02:43 made last year. NEO_9515

Belgium’s Bart Aernouts, making his Challenge Laguna Phuket’s debut, took second place, about a minute behind in 03:55:41.

Third overall was Italy’s Alberto Casadei, finishing in 3:58:22. All three broke last year’s record.

Wild and Casadei also participated in the 22nd Laguna Phuket Triathlon last on 22 November, both finishing in the top five.

In the women’s field it was also a Swiss pro Simone Braendli who took the win, with 4:22:42 (swim 23:37, bike 2:33:50, run 1:22:22). Braendli also won last week at the Laguna Phuket Triathlon.

Following Braendli in second and third were Jodie Swallow of Great Britain (4:23:25) and Radka Vodickova of Czech (4:30:50).

A full field of over 600 individual pro and age group athletes representing 41 nationalities and 29 relay teams crowded Laguna Phuket, from the Race Finish at the resort’s beachfront to the Transition Area at Laguna Grove outdoor event venue.

Results

Men                                Swim               Bike                 Run                  Finish

Ruedi Wild SUI               00:21:29          02:12:17          01:18:21          03:54:45.0
Bart Aernouts BEL         00:23:26          02:12:50          01:16:53          03:55:41.0
Alberto Casadei ITA       00:21:23          02:12:24          01:22:15          03:58:22.0
Tim O Donnell USA        00:21:10          02:12:35          01:24:10          04:00:08.0
James Cunnama RSA     00:21:48          02:19:22          01:18:40          04:02:14.0

Women                             Swim               Bike                 Run                  Finish

Simone Braendli SUI       00:23:37          02:33:50          01:22:22          04:22:42.0
Jodie Swallow GBR          00:21:56          02:30:06          01:29:00          04:23:25.0
Radka Vodickova CZE      00:23:39          02:33:28          01:31:11          04:30:50.0
Beth Gerdes USA              00:27:19          02:40:50          01:28:50          04:39:43.0
Katy Duffield AUS             00:26:58          02:36:37          01:33:42          04:40:15.0