Australian Chris “Macca” McCormack, the two-time
Ironman World Champion acclaimed as one of the most successful
athletes in triathlon history, has signed up to compete in the
Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT) on 25 November and Ironman 70.3
Laguna Phuket a week later on 2 December 2012 - in a move that
significantly boosts Laguna Phuket’s global triathlon status.
Macca – an outspoken as well as hugely
successful figure in the sport – has won 200 races around the
world since 1993 with 12 Ironman victories, more than any other
male competitor, and he is the only triathlete ever to be Olympic
Course and Ironman World Champion.
He’s broken eight hours in the full Ironman
distance four times and is the only man to break it more than
A five-time International Triathlete of the Year
title holder, 39 year-old Macca has won 76% of his career
events, finishing on the podium 88% of the time.
And in addition to his career victories he was
also voted the “World’s Fittest Man” by sports broadcaster ESPN.
His appearance at LPT and Ironman 70.3 Laguna
Phuket will be his debut on the island.
Chris McCormack said, “I’ve heard so much
about Laguna Phuket over the years but have never managed to make
it there – I’m really looking forward to finally get there and
race in this iconic triathlon location.”
In LPT, Macca will be up against a top field,
led by defending three-time Champion Massimo Cigana of Italy and
including American Ironman Chris Lieto.
Lieto will also be a threat in the 70.3, but a
potential head-to-head for Macca with fellow Australian Ironman
legend Craig Alexander has been averted with Alexander’s
withdrawal due to injuries sustained in a bike crash at the recent
“Macca is the one “legend” who has yet to race
in LPT – dubbed the “Race of Legends” - so we’re absolutely
thrilled that he’ll be here for the first time to compete in both
our events,” said Debbie Dionysius, Assistant Vice President of
Destination Marketing, Laguna Phuket. “To welcome such a legend of the sport is a true
honour and his presence will be a massive boost for us.”
Separately, Laguna Phuket has confirmed it will
continue to host a half iron distance triathlon in 2013 -
following World Triathlon Corporation’s announcement that Ironman
70.3 Laguna Phuket will be discontinued after this year’s race -
with details expected to be unveiled soon.
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