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On a blistering hot and humid day at the Challenge Laguna Phuket (CLP) triathlon, despite a number of new additions to the professional field, a pair of well-known Phuket champions proved triumphant. In the women’s race, Australian Melissa Hauschildt scored her fourth consecutive victory, putting to rest any doubt as to whether she’s fully recovered from an injury that derailed her Ironman 70.3 World Championship race earlier this year. Newbie pro Parys Edwards (GBR), who burst onto the Phuket scene with a win at last weekend’s Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT), posted another impressive performance for second and Radka Vodickova (CZE), also a three-time LPT champion, rounded out the women’s podium. For the men it was two-time LPT victor Ruedi Wild (SUI) who outpaced his rivals to claim the top spot. Fredrik Croneborg (SWE), who makes Phuket his full-time home and is rumored to race with coconut water as his electrolyte drink, scored second place and Australia’s Luke McKenzie was thrilled to nab third in his first attempt on the brutal course.