Australians take both triathlon titles

22 Apr 2013

Australian triathletes swept up all the prizes at the Samui triathlon on Saturday with wins in both the men's and women's classes. Atkinson Courtney crossed the finish line first in six hours flat and took an 800,000-Baht purse for his efforts.

Fellow countryman Allen Ben came in second while Marcel Zamora Perez from Spain took third place. Commenting on his triumph, Courtney said the course and his competitors had proved tough challenges and that he was pleased with his victory.

Melissa Hauschildt led the women’s field and finished in 6 hours and 10 minutes. Her prize money was 500,000 Baht. Hauschildt said she had not thought she was in with a winning chance and was elated to have triumphed.

Another Australian, Liz Blatchford, took second place while 2012 women’s champion Caroline Steffen from Switzerland came in third. The triathlon attracted more than 200 athletes from 20 different countries.

The course required entrants to complete a four-kilometre swim, cycle 122kms and run another 30 kilometres. The event’s organisers say they believe the total length of the course is the longest ever to be held in Asia.  

The triathlon, as well as a duathlon held on the same day, started out from the beach facing the Hansar Samui Hotel and ended at Nathon. Mayor Ramnet Jaikwang said the two races helped raise Samui’s international profile and he would ensure roads for any future events were completely closed off to traffic.

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