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Inaugural Koh Samui Trophy Adventure Race a great success

Simon claims PTT Thailand Open

Denkaosen retains flyweight title

Inaugural Koh Samui Trophy Adventure Race a great success

Presented by Timex and the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the first ever Koh Samui Trophy adventure race attracted 108 teams from around the world and is poised to become one of the major Adventure Races in Asia.

A pair of smiling adventurer racers on Meanam Beach, Koh Samui.

The Adventure Race started with a dash through Bophut Fisherman’s Village, then a scramble over rocks around a headland to find the kayaks. Then, a very long paddling effort into the wind, to come out of Big Buddha bay. The first incident occurred when one of the kayaks sank and the competitors had to be rescued by the Thai navy safety boat.
After a soft landing on the Meanam beach, competitors started a short swim to pick up a token at a catamaran floating 300 meters off shore.
A splash for a short run through a stream before it was time to mount the bikes waiting for the competitors at the transition zone. Riding was short lived as soon it was too steep and rocky to cycle and racers had to push their bikes under the burning sun. There were a few downhill rewards on the first bike section, which might have been scary for inexperienced bikers, but fun for others.
Bikes were dropped again for another run that seemed to have no flat bits in it whatsoever, it was either up or toenail banging down! Vertiginous mountain trails in the middle of Samui! The views of the azure blue sea were tantalizing enough to almost make competitors slow down.
Back to the bikes and another pushing session before a reward of some serious downhill biking. The last sadistic kick by the race organizers, was a 1km beach run, with the bikes! All who finished felt like they had earned the right to proudly say that they had completed the race.
The fun run for all that started before the Adventure Race, attracted more than 400 schoolboys and girls as well as local runners. The children’s run was a highlight and there were lots of smiling young faces proudly showing a well deserved medal as they watched the start of the Adventure warriors.
“More than a 100 teams for an inaugural race is amazing and shows the true potential of this event” said Alex Andries, the marketing director of the Thai Hotel Association and MD of the Zazen Boutique Resort and Spa.
“Competitors and Media were impressed to see that the island is truly a paradise for the great outdoors and adventure lovers.”
Sport activities such as Thai boxing, martial arts and yoga were organized in the gardens of the Ibis hotel in the afternoon. The prize giving ceremony was presided over by Ramnet Chaikwang, the Samui Mayor and took place under the stars in the Ibis gardens.
“This kind of sports day is developing the sports and healthy lifestyle,” continued Andries. “We believe that the Koh Samui Trophy will become a major Adventure Race in SEA within a few years.”
As the Samui authorities and businesses are striving for sustainability and a greener approach for the island, a portion of the money raised will go to “The Green Island Project”, a local environmental initiative.
Next event organized by Active Management Asia will be the Yara Bangkok Challenge that will take place in Nong Chok in the Bangkok suburbs on November 14. This will be a totally different course explains Serge Henkens, the race director. This already established race will explore the greenery of the Thai countryside for a trip back in time. For more information visit www.active-asia.com.

Out into the bay for a paddle race in the Gulf of Thailand.


Simon claims PTT Thailand Open

Gilles Simon won his first ATP World Tour title of the year by defeating Viktor Troicki in a sensational final at the PTT Thailand Open 2009 last Sunday, Oct. 4.
The world #10 and second-seed won a tense one-hour-and-15-minute final match with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Troicki of Serbia.

Gilles Simon of France holds the trophy after winning the ATP Thailand Open tennis tournament against Viktor Troicki of Serbia Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009 in Bangkok. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

The big-hitting Serb broke Simon in the ninth game of the first set and needed to hold his serve to clinch the first set but the Serbian managed to break back to even the match at 5-5.
Simon stole the momentum from then on with another break in the 12th game to seal the first set.
In the sixth game of the deciding set, Troicki was broken after an amazing rally that ended with a Troicki overhead error. Both players’ play drew loud cheers from the packed crowd at the Impact Arena.
The 24-year-old Frenchman served to wrap up the match in the ninth game. On match point, he sent down an aggressive serve that Troicki returned deep over the baseline. The win gave Simon his sixth career title and first this year.
“It was fun. I was a little bit disappointed,” said Troicki after the match. “Gilles played a great match. Congratulations to him. He was a little mentally stronger than me. I didn’t use my chance I guess.
“It’s not easy to beat top ten guys to win the title,” a dejected Troicki added. The Serb is still in search of his maiden title. “It hurts a bit when you come so close and you don’t get it.”
The French #2 who made his debut in Bangkok this week repeated last year’s result with a Frenchman beating a Serb in the final.
“I feel good and enjoyed myself today,” said the world #10. “I watched Viktor’s match yesterday. He played a very great match so I expected to have a tough time on court. I had to fight back to come back to five games all. It was important to come back and get the first set.”
Simon added that he had really enjoyed his time in Bangkok. “It’s been a nice week. It was sensational to get something like this for the first time and the crowd was nice,” he said.
The Frenchman received the winner’s trophy from Prime Minister Abhisit Vejajiva.
“I hope that the next final that Viktor is going to play he will win,” added Simon. (Source – PTT Thailand Open Media)


Denkaosen retains flyweight title

Defending champion Denkaosen Kaowichit of Thailand (left) and challenger Daiki Kameda of Japan exchange blows during the second round of their 12-round WBA flyweight world title bout at Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium in Osaka, Japan, Tuesday, Oct. 6. Denkaosen won a 115-113, 115-113, 114-114 majority decision to defend his crown. (AP Photo/Kyodo News, Masanori Takei)