Ja­pan, Philip­pines and Thai­land reign at 2016 La­guna Phuket Marathon NEW RECORDS SET AT ASIA’S LARGEST DES­TI­NA­TION MARATHON

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The 11th edi­tion of the La­guna Phuket Marathon set new records this year by at­tract­ing more than 6,000 par­tic­i­pants from 54 coun­tries. This year saw the races take place over a course of two days, so­lid­i­fy­ing the event as Asia’s largest des­ti­na­tion marathon. The fun, fam­ily-ori­ented marathon fo­cuses on the ath­lete ex­pe­ri­ence and al­lows par­tic­i­pants from zero to 99 years of age to join in the fun.

Koji Nishizawa from Ja­pan won this year’s marathon in the men’s 42km race, fin­ish­ing in at 02:37:53h and best­ing de­fend­ing cham­pion Mario Magli­nao from the Philip­pines, who came in third with a time of 02:49:54h and broke his record from 2015. Sec­ond place went to Neil Pear­son from the United King­dom with a record time of 02:47:16h. In the women’s di­vi­sion, Lany Car­dona from the Philip­pines won with a tim­ing of 03:23:00h, fol­lowed by Thai­land’s Wi­lai­wan Kumpituk who came in at 03:24:33h, and Xiomara Tem­ple­ton from the USA with a tim­ing of 03:31:10h.

In the 21km half marathon races, Filipino rac­ers dom­i­nated the com­pe­ti­tion, tak­ing four of the top six spots. Richard Salano from the Philip­pines topped the men’s run, fol­lowed by Chris Tr­us­cott from Aus­tralia and Gregg Vin­cent Osorio from the Philip­pines. Sin­ga­pore’s Vi­vian Tang led the pack for the women’s run, fol­lowed by de­fend­ing women’s cham­pion Christa­bel Martes and Jhoan Banayag, both from the Philip­pines. In the quar­ter marathon races, Thai run­ners Rat­takarn La­ma­nee and Wialai­wam Kumpituk fin­ished first in the men’s and women’s races re­spec­tively. Com­pet­ing in the 10.5km run was also Babu Seenappa, who is a youth ad­vo­cate for chil­dren liv­ing with HIV/AIDS.

Look out for the next edi­tion of the La­guna Phuket Marathon, which will be held from 3–4 June 2017. Reg­is­tra­tion with su­per early bird fee is now open on phuket­marathon.com and go­torace.com.

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