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World champs to go head-to-head at Challenge Laguna Phuket

World champs to go head-to-head at Challenge Laguna Phuket

TRIATHLON: Reigning World Champion Pete “PJ” Jacobs has confirmed he will race the inaugural Challenge Laguna Phuket half distance triathlon on December 1, 2013 – setting up an intriguing contest with fellow Australian Chris “Macca” McCormack, the defending title-holder and two-time World Champion, for a slice of the race’s 25,000 Euro prize purse.

Sunday 16 June 2013, 04:05PM

The elite pair compete at Challenge Laguna Phuket less than two months after the 2013 World Championships in Kona, Hawaii where they’re expected to be among the top athletes vying for the coveted honour, with McCormack bidding for a third title to cement his legendary status and Jacobs defending his 2012 crown.

At Challenge Laguna Phuket they are among a pro field that also boasts 70.3 World Champion and defending Laguna Phuket women’s champion Melissa Hauschildt, together with her 2012 Phuket podium finishers Radka Vodickova and Belinda Granger.

Jacobs is making his debut in Phuket and his duel with McCormack may see him with a disadvantage - McCormack is familiar with the testing course and will also have raced the Laguna Phuket Triathlon a week earlier on 24 November, the 20th edition of the legendary race that launches the week-long Challenge Laguna Phuket Tri-Fest.

But Jacobs, a three-time top ten finisher at the World Championships before he lifted his 2012 crown, has a record of posting top swim and run times.

At 31, he’s almost 10 years younger than McCormack and is relishing the prospect of racing against him on Phuket’s tropical paradise course.

"I'm definitely going to be motivated to stay healthy and in good shape after Kona to race against Macca in Phuket,” Jacobs said.

“Competing in Phuket - in such a wonderful location alongside some of the best triathletes in the world - is an amazing opportunity for me to cap off my year with some adventure and adrenaline.

“I've heard for so many years about how good Phuket’s race, accommodation, food, and after party are. This year I'll be putting in extra effort after Kona to be in Phuket ready to race."

McCormack said: "It’s great to have PJ join the pro start list for Phuket. He’s an amazing talent and as current World Champion will be the major favourite for this race.

“PJ’s biggest skill is his ability to race so well in hot and humid conditions, so this course in Phuket is perfect for him. He’s a good friend of mine and a young athlete that I admire a lot – it’s great to have him joining all of us in Phuket." 


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