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No Kydding for Oswald

Succesfully completing a triathlon is in itself something of an achievement.

So the fact that Oswald Kydd finished the 2009 ATU African Triathlon Championships in Durban at the weekend is all the more remarkable.

Sure his time of 3hr 2min 54sec may not look that good on paper, especially when compared to age-group winner Kenneth Curr’s 2:12:09.

The difference? Kydd completed the 1,500 metre swim, 40 kilometre bike and 10 kilometre run with only one leg.

Kydd lost his leg in a cycling accident in 1997, but that did not stop him from coming back to the sport he loved.┬á ÔÇ£I’ve been doing triathlon since 1982,ÔÇØ said the 55-year-old. ÔÇ£I was not going to let my accident stop me from competing anymore.ÔÇØ

Kydd, who works as a bike mechanic in Durban, covered the 10km run on crutches in 1hr 10min after a 32min swim and 1hour 19min cycle to claim the paraplegic title.


2 comments
Elzabe Boshoff
Elzabe Boshoff

Well done Oscar, you make us proud to be South African, and as authors, we are even more proud to have you in our book "The Heart of an Ironman - South Africa - Well done!

Gideon Sam
Gideon Sam

Oswald remains an inspiration for all of us who love sport. I have seen him compete on a number of ocassions and my admiration for the man grows everytime I see him in the water; on his bike and on the run. Oswald, you're my man!