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Xterra title shared
- Updated: April 24, 2009
A record field lined up for the 2009 Duesouth Xterra South African Championships in Grabouw.┬á The event was also the SA leg of the XTERRA World Tour, which takes place in 15 countries around the world.
For the first time in the history of the event, two athletes will share the individual title.
Boonstra led the race after the swim and bike, but due to a blown over directional arrow at the top of the mountainous running course, he ran 400m further than required. This allowed German athlete Felix Schumann to cross the finish line ahead of Boonstra.┬á The race committee immediately considered all the facts and the decision was made to award both athletes the title.
According to Boonstra, he had an amazing race.┬á “I can’t believe how everything just fell into place for me.┬á I had an awesome swim, followed by a fantastic mountain-bike and run.┬áI’ve focused all of my attention on the Xterra SA finals and am not really sure what event I will compete in next.
‘ I definitely want to go to the Xterra world championships though,” says Boonstra.
Schumann, on the other hand, was positive about his swim and run, but felt that he would need to work on his biking skills.┬á “I made the mistake of misjudging Lieuwe, thinking that I could find his rear wheel.┬á He, however, was crazy on the bike and I just could not keep up.
‘I knew that I would have to make up time on the run leg.┬á I had a great race and am really going to work hard for the World Champs,” says Schumann.┬á Both Boonstra and Schumann completed the event in just over 2hr 30min.┬á Kent Horner came in third with a time of 02hours39minutes23seconds, followed by Richard Murray in fourth and Cas van Aardenne in fifth.
Austria’s Carina Wasle won the women’s category in 2:49:57. ‘I had a good swim, considering that it’s not my strongest discipline.┬á The mountain-bike course was fast with a few technical single tracks.┬á It was slippery though with quite a lot of loose sand.
‘ I enjoyed the run route the most, as it was uphill, my favourite.┬á I had a good race and hope to be back next year to defend my title,’ says Wasle.┬á Local athlete Jeannie Bomford came in second with a time of 3:01:37, while Carla Germishuys finished third in 3:10:54.