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Schafer burns up Suncoast event

USA Under-20 collegiate champion, Cameron Schafer rattled more than a few nerves when he won the third leg of the Compendium Winter Multi-sport Triathlon in a time of 1hr 55min 57sec at Suncoast Casino at the weekend.

Top SA duathlete, Bryce Viegas made short work of the Olympic duathlon event, claiming the well-deserved first place spot ahead of a small but star studded duathlon field.

A field of 290 eager competitors took to their starting lines for the first Olympic distance event in the 2009 Compendium Winter Multi-Series.

With less than ideal sea conditions, the rookie athletes headed out for a tough but short 200m surf swim in the warm but rough sea.

Tyler O’Conner managed to stay in front of the rookie pack and claimed his second win in the 2009 Series ahead of Jayde Perrins and Aaron Biggar. Shelly Oosthuisen managed to sneak ahead and win the women’s rookie race, after leader Bridget Young missed the rookie’s turn point. Young managed to hold on to second place, while Jade Hattingh claimed third place.

In the women’s triathlon event, Johannsburg triathlete Corrine Berg managed a good swim in the rough conditions, but had to work hard to catch the strong swimming Kim Carter, making a come back to triathlon after a long lay-off. Carter was the first South African triathlete to go pro.

Berg managed to pull back some time on the bike and the run and claimed a great finish in a time of 2hr 15min 47sec. Carter who had been suffering from back pains managed to hold on to second place, with third going to a fast chasing Riana de Langa.

De Lange had an appalling swim and hit the bike leg almost eight minutes behind the leaders.

In the men’s race, Jeff Norton exited the 1.5km swim first, with Olympic swimmer Joe Shoemann close behind. They were chased by a large pack containing Glen Gore, Lawrence van Lingen, Richard Murry, Carl Storm, and Cameron Schafer. Once on the bike, the pack stayed close together, while obeying the non-drafting rules.

Over the fast and flat eight-lap bike course, the athletes managed to reach speeds of over 47kph, while making the most of the road closures by the Durban metro police. After the bike course, the non-drafting pack was now about eight strong, and it was clear that the run leg was going to be the decider for the winners.

Cameron Schafer, who has been living in the US while studying sports science for the past few years managed to get himself into the lead over the first 3km, but was being chased hard by the strong running of Carl Storm and World Duathlon Champion Richard Murray.

However once onto the second lap of the run, it was evident that Schafer was in peak form and was able to hold off the chasing athletes to win the Olympic Compendium Winter, claiming the lion’s portion of the R22,500 prize money.

Results:
Men

1    Cameron Schafer        1:55;57
2    Carl Storm            1:57;38
3    Richard Murray        1:58;10

Women
1    Corinne Berg        2:15;47
2    Kim Carter            2:18;37
3    Riana De Lange        2:19;30


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