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 Laguna Phuket Triathlon

Phuket has become a major proving ground for professional triathlets who demonstrate their talent and endurance. The island triathlon also provides 15 qualifying spots for the 2000 Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii and 25 qualifying spots for the 2000 Ironman Australia.

1999 is the sixth year of the Laguna Phuket Triathlon presented by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. The competition will be held on 6 November.

The race comprises a 1.8 kilometer swim, starting in the Andaman Sea at the Sheraton Grande Laguna Beach and finishing in an inland lagoon at Laguna Beach Resort; a 55 kilometer bike race through the scenic countryside of Phuket and culminates with a 12 kilometer run through the Laguna Phuket resort complex and surrounding area to finish in the grounds of the Banyan Tree Phuket Resort.

Competing for the US$30,000 prize money are the world's best triathletes including defending champion Mark Lees from Australia; Canadian Peter Reid, current Ironman Triathlon World Champion and Australian Chris Legh, four-time Australian Long Distance Triathlon Champion.

Three of the strongest women in Ironman Triathlon will compete in the professional women's challenge. Canadian Lori Bowden, Ironman Australia Champion and Heather Fuhr, Ironman Triathlon World Champion and Wendy Ingraham, Ironman Triathlon Austria Champion. Short course specialist, Australian Jackie Gallagher, World Triathlon Champion, will return to defend her 1997 and 1998 Laguna Phuket championship titles.

For more race information, contact Debbie Dionysius, Event Manager- Laguna Phuket Triathlon at 324 060 or email:


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