Kahledfeldt, Mullan Top Pattaya Triathlon

Brad Kahlefeldt of Australia and Eimear Mullan of Ireland take the elite titles in the third staging of Pattaya Triathlon in Thailand.  Pattaya Triathlon is part of the Thailand Tri-League.  More than 1800 athletes joined the weekend events in Pattaya, which includes duathlon, sprint and olympic distance categories.

Kahlefeldt came out of the swim in 22:03, six seconds behind swim leader Eric Watson’s (BHR) time of 21:57.  Kahlefeldt wasted no time putting out the day’s best bike split of 1:01:42.   Combined with day’s best run split at 38:29, the Aussie would finish at 2:05:55, a sizeable 2 minutes and 56 second victory over Fredrik Croneborg (SWE).  Mitch Robins of Australia completed podium by finishing third at 2:10:40.  Other notable finishers, Ritchie Nicholls (GBR) of the Thanyapura triathlon team finished 4th at 2:11:15, and Eric Watson placed 5th.

In the women’s category, Thanyapura’s Eimear Mullan (Ireland) swam the 1st leg in 25:36, behind the duo of Kerry Morris (25:15) and young Thai triathlete Sanruthai Arunsiri who swam the fastest at 25:11.  Mirroring the men’s race, Mullan would combine a women’s best 1:07:33 bike split and 44:29 run split to win in 2:21:05.  This is Mullan’s first race since 2015, making strides after an assortment of injuries derailed her career.

Dimity-Lee Duke was runner-up at 2:25:30, and Kerry Morris rounded up podium, finishing 3rd at 2:27:55.

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