PHUKET: The Supersports Laguna Phuket Marathon came back strong as more than 7,000 runners from 63 countries enjoyed a weekend of wholesome fun on the tropical island of Phuket and impressive race times. The Thais dominated the long distances on Sunday while a mix of nationalities shared the spoils at the shorter distances on Saturday.
The 10.5k saw close races in both the men’s and women’s divisions. Ronald Setiawan (IND) put in a solid performance to cross the line in a time of 36:58 while Nattapong Buachay (THA) was less than 20 seconds away, with Tanadol Witsarutsin (THA) just behind in third position.
In the women’s race, Phuket-based triathlete Dimity-Lee Duke (AUS) dominated the race, finishing with a time of 39:23, almost two minutes ahead of Voraphan Nuansri (THA) with Suwaree Thanaaeknithiwat (THA) further back. third.
Sergei Zyrianov (RUS) led the 5k field from start to finish taking 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 lead early on and took victory ahead of Auksarapuk Sangruksa (THA) and fellow Australian Chiara Jessica Egger in third.
While Sunday’s cool morning start was appreciated by long-distance runners, the humidity added to the challenge and the top three in the men’s marathon went to Thai runners.
Apichai Phujit claimed the trophy in 02:50:20, more than five minutes faster than the 2020 winner, while second place went to Teerayut Katrahong and Santi Fungfueang was third. The women’s race was also dominated by Thai runners with Satowa Ota crossing first in 03:23:47 with Nuntaporn TengAmnuay second and just 30 seconds behind Sasiwimon Khongjit finished third.
In the marathon relay, it was Team Jetts who took the top honors with an impressive time of 02:41:18, ahead of Team Surakul in second place and Team Blue Tree Running Club 2. third.
Showing signs of fatigue after his 5k victory the previous day, Sergei Zyrianov (RUS) bettered his second place finish in the 2020 half marathon to claim this year’s crown in a time of 01:13:21. Mohamed Rasheed (MDV) rode a strong race to finish second with Mood Chaison (THA) running out to chase Rasheed and having to settle for third.
In the women’s race, Thai runner Manussanun Kumpituk took the direct lead and by the 5km mark she had carved out a two-minute lead which she maintained for the remainder of the race, overtaking the line in 01:34:22, just over two minutes ahead of Supisara Nunta (THA) second with Nopchaya Handittagul (THA) less than a minute further in third.
Its two-day format, the running course, as well as a 2km children’s race, make the Supersports Laguna Phuket Marathon one of Southeast Asia’s largest destination marathons and a popular choice. for families and elite runners.
Dates have been set for next year: the 17th Supersports Laguna Phuket Marathon will take place on June 10-11, 2023. Visit phuketmarathon.com for the latest registration details.
The first three of each distance are below. For detailed results, visit www.sportstats.asia.
Marathon – Men
- Apichai Phujit (THA), 02:50:20
- Teerayut Katrahong (THA), 02:56:00
- Santi Fung Fueang (THA), 02:59:30
Marathon – Women
- Satowa Ota (THA), 03:23:47
- Nuntaporn TengAmnuay (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 Rachid (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
10.5km – Men
- Ronald Setiawan (IND), 36:58
- Nattapong Buachay (THA), 37:14
- Tanadol Witsarutsin (THA), 38:00
10.5km – Women
- Dimity-Lee Duke (Australia), 39:23
- Voraphan Nuansri (THA), 41:22
- Suwaree Thanaeknithiwat (THA), 44:32
5km – Men
- Sergei Zyrianov (RUS), 15:58
- Mohamed Rasheed (MDV), 16:32
- Kiyun Kaddoura (FRA), 18:11
5km – Women
- Siena Milgate (AUS), 19:57
- Auksarapuk sangruksa (THA), 20:41
- Chiara Jessica Egger (Australia), 21:27
2km Kids Run – Boy
- Kittikhun Lankhunthod (THA), 06:56
- Korawin Chaichamroonphan (THA), 07:50
- Nathee Gorton (THA), 08:07
2km Kids Run – Girl
- Kawinthip Wongthawat (THA), 08:36
- Anastasia Maiorova (RUS), 10:14
- Chloe Issara Weigl (THA), 10:18