Friday, October 17, 2008

Mouthwatering Lineup

The pro lineup for Laguna Phuket Triathlon has been confirmed. S.Sam and Simon have always commented on what a great race Phuket is to do in part because of the amazing location, organisation and the friendly Thai people. So it is of no surprise that this holiday destination also attracts some big names to keep us mere mortal age-groupers well and truly grounded!
(Taken from Lagnua Phuket Triathlon website)
The Laguna Phuket Triathlon will feature an exciting line up of pro athletes from Olympic, Half Ironman and Ironman distances. Surprise 2007 LPT champion Liz Blatchford will defend her title against Samantha McGlone (CAN) and Laura Bennett (USA). McGlone is a former Ironman 70.3 World Champion and one of the favourites to win the Ironman World Champion title in Kona this year.(Emma say's, "Well that didn't happen - just who can beat the Chrissinator?). Laura Bennett has won medals at several Olympic Distance World Championships and only just missed out on an Olympic medal in Beijing by finishing fourth.
In the men's race defending 2007 LPT champion Massimo Cigana will return to Phuket for the fourth consecutive year where he will face Australian Greg Bennett who won LPT in 2005 and Beijing Olympic Gold Medalist Jan Frodeno of Germany. Bennett was named Triathlete Magazine's 'triathlete of the year' in 2007 recognizing his historic feat of winning all five USA Lifetime Fitness Grand Slam races which earned him the highest prize purse ever paid out in a triathlon series. Frodeno came out on top at the recent Beijing Olympics outrunning all the pre race favourites to become only the third Olympic Men's Triathlon Champion in the sport's short Olympic history.
Emma says: Belinda Granger (AUS) will be represeting for teamTBB. Winner of 3 IM's in 2008 - Langkawi, Canada & China - can she cap off the year with another 1st?

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