Thais dominate the Laguna Phuket Marathon
PHUKET: The Supersports Laguna Phuket Marathon returned with a roar as more than 7,000 runners from 63 countries enjoyed a weekend of healthy fun and impressive finishes on the tropical island of Phuket. The Thai dominated the longer distances on Sunday, while a mix of nationalities shared the spoils on Saturday’s shorter distances.
The 10.5K saw some close racing in both the men’s and women’s classes. Ronald Setiawan (IND) put on a strong performance and crossed the finish line in a time of 36:58 while Nattapong Buachay (THA) was less than 20 seconds behind while Tanadol Witsarutsin (THA) was just behind in third.
In the women, Phuket-based triathlete Dimity-Lee Duke (AUS) dominated the race and finished the race in 39:23, almost two minutes ahead of Voraphan Nuansri (THA), Suwaree Thanaaeknithiwat (THA) further back in third.
Sergei Zyrianov (RUS) led the 5km field from start to finish to take the men’s crown ahead of Mohamed Rasheed (MDV) in second and Kiyun Kaddoura (FRA) in third. In the women’s race, Siena Milgate (AUS) took the early lead and took the win ahead of Auksarapuk Sangruksa (THA) and Australia’s Chiara Jessica Egger in third place.
While Sunday’s chilly morning start was appreciated by the distance runners, humidity added to the challenge and the top three finishers of the men’s marathon went to Thai runners.
Apichai Phujit clinched the trophy in a time of 02:50:20, more than five minutes faster than the 2020 winner, while Teerayut Katrahong was second and Santi Funfueang was third. The women’s race was similarly dominated by Thai runners, with Satowa Ota crossing first in a time of 03:23:47, Nuntaporn TengAmnuay second and third just 30 seconds behind Sasiwimon Khongjit.
In the marathon relay, Team Jetts took the honors in an impressive time of 02:41:18, ahead of Team Surakul in second and Team Blue Tree Running Club 2 in the third.
Sergei Zyrianov (RUS) showed signs of fatigue after his 5K victory the previous day and surpassed his second place finish at the 2020 half marathon to claim this year’s crown in a time of 01:13:21. Mohamed Rasheed (MDV) put in a strong race and finished second while Mood Chaison (THA) swerved to chase Rasheed and had to settle for third place.
In the women’s race, it was Thailand’s Manussanun Kumpituk who went straight ahead and at the 5K mark had carved out a two-minute lead that she held for the rest of the race, crossing the finish line in 01:34:22 , just over two minutes ahead of Supisara Nunta (THA) in second place and Nopchaya Handittagul (THA) less than a minute further in third place.
Its two-day format, the running course, along with a 2km kids’ run, makes the Supersports Laguna Phuket Marathon one of the largest destination marathons in Southeast Asia and a popular choice for families and elite runners alike.
The dates for next year are set: The 17th Supersports Laguna Phuket Marathon will take place from June 10th to 11th, 2023. To visit http://www.phuketmarathon.com for the latest registration details.
The top three at each distance are below. For detailed results see www.sportstats.asia.
Marathon – men
- Apichai Phujit (THA), 02:50:20
- Teerayut Katrahong (THA), 02:56:00
- Santi Funfueang (THA), 02:59:30
Marathons – women
- Zatowa Ota (THA), 03:23:47
- Nuntaporn Teng Amnuay (THA), 03:30:23
- Sasiwimon Khongjit (THA), 03:31:03
- Team Jetts (THA), 02:41:18
- Team Surakul (THA), 03:18:47
- Team Blue Tree Running Club 2 (THA), 04:18:25
Half Marathon – Men
- Sergei Zyrianov (RUS), 01:13:21
- Mohamed Rasheed (MDV), 01:19:01
- Mood Chaison (THA), 01:21:24
Half Marathon – Women
- Manussanun Kumpituk (THA), 01:34:22
- Supisara Nunta (THA), 01:36:39
- Nopchaya Handittagul (THA), 01:37:32
10.5 km – men
- Ronald Setiawan (IND), 36:58
- Nattapong Buachay (THA), 37:14
- Tanadol Vitsarutzin (THA), 38:00
10.5 km – women
- Dimity-Lee Duke (AUS), 39:23
- Voraphan Nuansri (THA), 41:22
- Suwaree Thanaaeknithiwat (THA), 44:32
5 km – men
- Sergei Zyrianov (RUS), 15:58
- Mohamed Rasheed (MDV), 16:32
- Kiyun Kaddoura (FRA), 18:11
5 km – women
- Siena Milgate (AUS), 19:57
- Auksarapuk sangruksa (THA), 20:41
- Chiara Jessica Egger (AUS), 21:27
2 km children’s run – boy
- Kittikhun Lankhunthod (THA), 06:56
- Korawin Chaichamroonphan (THA), 07:50
- Nathee Gorton (THA), 08:07
2 km children’s run – girls
- Kawinthip Wongthawat (THA), 08:36
- Anastasiia Maiorova (RUS), 10:14
- Chloe Issara Weigl (THA), 10:18