PHUKET, Thailand – Over 100 young athletes were greeted with perfect race weather at Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort in Phuket on Saturday 25th November, 2017, as they competed in the second edition of the Foremost IRONKIDS Thailand.
A total of 140 children took part in the event, which was broken into four age categories; 6-8 years old, 9-10 years old, 11-12 years old and 13-14 years old. The were also two age groups competing in the relay category of the race; 6-10 and 11-14 years old.
Racing got underway at 8:20am with the 13-14 age group. The race began with a 400-metre swim in Thanyapura’s Olympic-sized pool before athletes took to their bikes and endured a 12-kilometre bike ride through the surrounding areas. The final stage of the race was a three-kilometre run also around the surrounding area and finishing back at Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort.
It was 14-year-old Randall Liew from Malaysia who took first place in the 13-14 age category finishing in a time of 44:07 and improving on his second place finish the first edition of the race held last year.
Lieu was followed over the line by Max Burford in second with a time of 50:14, and Amata Kanpai in third at 55:45.
Next to take to the pool was the 11-12 age group, which saw 26 athletes compete, and whose stages were a 300-metre swim, nine-kilometre bike ride and two-kilometre run.
First to cross the line in his age group was Tamino Lokenberg with a time of 32:45, he was followed by Charlie Bear Volaka (34:23) in second and Ati Krophum came in third at 35:57. First female in the 11-12 age group was Orakanya Thantharnon at 36:57, some nine minutes ahead of the second placed female Wasita Areewatananon (45:07) with Wariya Turongkinanon (46:43) rounding out the top three.
In the 9-10 age group, which had 41 competitors taking on a 200-metre swim, six-kilometre ride and one and a half kilometer run, it was female athletes who took first and second places with Chayanit Dasri and Tess Evelyn Greaton finishing in 26:25 and 26:34 respectively, and the first male athlete, Max Pinfold, came in third at 27:34.
The 6-8 age category saw the largest number of athletes with 44 participants taking on the 100 metre swim, three-kilometre bike ride and one-kilometre run triathlon. Guillaume Haas Ryffel took first place honours finishing with a time of 16:10, Koran Chaichamroophan came in second at 17:35 and Marco Rauline and the first female athlete Khanticha Srikwan both crossed the line with a time of 18:06.
In the team relay categories, it was Team Wimuttisuk, Kaminthong and Pumsunt who finished first in the 6-10 year relay race, finishing in a time of 16:22. This was just 31 seconds ahead of second placed Team Apichanapong, Apichanapong and Sri (16:53), 34 seconds ahead of third placed Team Pintusou, Golyanitskiy and Gordzie (15:56).
Only two teams competed in the 11-14 year Relay and it was Team Nakkleng, Waree and Hapol who topped the podium in 33:39, with Team Nakkleng, Wajasat and Phonsongkram finishing in 37:53.
While aiming to perform their best, all participants made the most of a fun and enjoyable morning and the crowds cheered them on as all sprinted to finish line.
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