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Spong loses his spring

Jason Spong, South Africa’s top long distance duathlete, bailed for the first time in his long career as a professional in the Austria Weyer Powerman Race when he had no more power left in his legs and quit on the bike.

ÔÇ£Thanks to my good friend Christian Wenk, with whom I stay when in Europe I was able to get some blood tests done as he is a doctor. To my shock I found that I was aneamic and didn’t have enough iron in my system. Fortunately I was able to get an iron injection and hope that it takes effect within the next few days.ÔÇØ

Spong will need the iron injection to kick in quickly as he has the World Championships coming up on 9 September in Zofingen, Switzerland.

A multiple national champion, Jason certainly is one of the contenders for a podium place after a runners-up spot in Luxembourg in May and a win in Germany also in May.

Spong looked good in the recent Momentum Health Teavigo Duathlon in Kromdraai where he finished third in an event that is generally only long enough for him to warm up.

So if the iron injection does its job, then Spong could well be heading for a podium spot in two weeks when he lines up in Zofingingen.


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