Amelia Rose Watkinson and Thanyapura Pro Triathlon Team Picks Up Wins at Foremost Ironman 70.3 Thailand

Amelia Watkinson

PHUKET, THAILAND – Thanyapura Pro Triathlon continues their momentum by finishing in top places at the Foremost Ironman 70.3 Thailand Triathlon.  1,188 participants, including 209 women and 979 men, competed the 1.9k swim, 90k bike, and 21.1k run with the Thanyapura Pro Triathlon team was well represented.


  • Amelia Rose Watkinson finished 1st place in the pro female category at 04:21:01.0.
  • Two of Thanyapura’s triathlon coaches excelled in the race, with Ekkarat “Ricky” Phanthip coming as the 2nd Thai and 4th place finisher for the “Asian Elite” category at 04:55:00.0 while David Escolar Ballesteros finished 3rd in the Individual Age Group 35-39 Male category with a time of 04:39:47.
  • Team Relay’s results sees Team Thanyapura in 1st place in the Mix Team Relay with a finish time of 04.24.27.


David Escolar Ballesteros and Ricky Phanthip

“My initial goal was to finish under five hours, so four hours and 55 minutes was even better than I expected.  It’s the first year I competed in the ‘Asian Elite Category,’ which is more challenging than all the other races I’ve done,” said Ricky Phantip, Triathlon Head Coach.

“After being a professional cyclist in MTB (Mountain Bike) for 6 years, I decided to change my direction to triathlon. Last weekend, I decided to participate in the Ironman 70.3 Phuket to look for a new challenge. The swim and the bike were the easiest parts for me,” said David Escolar Ballesteros, Swimming and Cycling Coach.

Thanyapura, the home of upcoming triathletes, offers a unique concept with sporting events and training camps for all athletes.  Facilities feature the 50m and 25m swimming pools, quiet road for cyclists, and the Athletic Track. Thanyapura is a sport, fitness, health and educational haven.  There is the high-quality sports hotel, award-winning organic restaurants, a mind centre, specialised and holistic medical centre, and an international school.  Thanyapura Health & Wellness is the hub of innovative medical facilities and services, such as yoga, spa, mind training, physiotherapy, weight loss, and much more. In January 2017, the 37-room Garden Wing launches a new concept, welcoming guests with holistic offerings of leading a healthy lifestyle and a balanced mind.

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