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Brand and Andrea build lead

Brand Du Plessis and Andrea Steyn have extended their lead at the top of the Momentum Health Teavigo Duathlon Series in typically windy Port Elizabeth conditions.

The two had very different races, Steyn dominating from the gun and opening around 30 seconds on the 5km run and then a further 3min on the 20km bike. Her final victory margin was just under 4 minutes.

Du Plessis on the other hand had a much tougher battle on his hand, with only 25 seconds splitting him from runner up Stuart Marais. Du Plessis crossed the line in 1hr 13min 50sec, with Marais clocking 1:14;15.

That gives Du Plessis maximum points  (80) from four events. Marais has only competed in three events, finishing runner up to Du Plessis on every occasion. He has 57 points, only seven ahead of Jason Spong.

Steyn finished second on her first race behind Carla Germishuys, but has since then won every race with Germishuys struggling with injury since the last race.

Steyn now tops the tables with 79 points ahead of Nadia Pretorius (56) and Alae Brand (53). With four events to go it would seem that Du Plessis and Steyn have pretty much sown up the series having a relatively big lead over the rest of the field. Having said that, an injury, a crash and the series is wide open again.


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