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Corinne, Vicky fly the youth flag

South African Under-23 champion Corinne Berg and Vicky van der Merwe will be the names to look out for in the women’s Under-23 ATU African Triathlon Championships that take place in Durban in Saturday.

Berg has been hard in training since her Under-23 win and second spot overall at the SA Championships in Germiston in March and feels very confident. ÔÇ£I have had to juggle the training with my studies (she is a final year law student) but I am in good shape.ÔÇØ

She’s expecting the race to be very different to SA Championships. It was Berg who led the athletes out of the swim by a whopping 90sec; this time round there will be some very strong swimmers such as a resurgent Dominique Donner, Andrea Steyn and Van der Merwe.

ÔÇ£ There is a good chance that it could be us four out the water first. Dom (Dominique) is a superb swimmer, as are Anel Stewart and Vicky. Andrea is extremely dangerous on the run, so a good lead out of the water plus a group together could give her major problems.ÔÇØ Donner and Steyn will be racing in the Elite category. The U23 and Elite Athletes will be starting together on Saturday 4 July at 1.15pm.

Berg will be keeping a close eye on Van der Merwe who has been preparing in Australia. In Australia she recorded some great results, winning the Dirt and Dust Duathlon, the Bribie Island Triathlon as well as finishing second elite athlete in the Goldcoast Triathlon. Vicky is an extremely strong all-rounder, and currently ranked third on the ITU Under-23 world ranking list so she’ll be no slouch.

First prize for these two women is the U23 title, but make no mistake should they be in contention for the overall title, and that’s not a far-fetched possibility, you can bet they will not respect their more ÔÇ£seniorÔÇØ opponents. Crossing the line first is worth R10 500 to the athletes and also earns valuable ranking points. Over and above that, TSA will be using these championships to select a squad for the World Championships.


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