- Double gold for Venter as SA medal count reaches 59
- Winning start for Ellis as Banyana beat Egypt
- Skhosana’s promise to take SA even further forward
- It’s 50 medals for SA at African Championships
- Top-ranked Williams does the double
- Championship records for Brown and relay team
- Gobel grabs share of the lead at Kyalami
- Interim coach Ellis looks to take Banyana even further
- Opening round of 70 puts Williams in front
- Big medal haul for SA at Junior Commonwealth Games
Hopes lie with Brand, Andrea
- Updated: September 21, 2009
Hopes of a strong performance at the World Duathlon Championships in Concord, North Carolina on 24-27 September lie with Brand Du Plessis and Andrea Steyn ÔÇô who have been absolutely dominant in the Momentum Health Teavigo Duathlon Series.
The only Momentum Health Teavigo race that Brand did not finish on top of the podium was in the last one in KwaZulu -Natal. Other than that he has been in impeccable form, also winning the South Africa title in Bloemfontein in July. Steyn has also been imperious in her racing, winning not only triathlon, but also all Duathlon races other than those with a mountain bike leg.
Steyn and Du Plessis head up a team of 32. Du Plessis is no stranger to the global stage, having finished fifth at the World Championships in Rimini, Italy in 2008. Neither is Steyn for that matter, having finished in the runner-up position three times in the Elite/Under-23 Division in 2002, 2005 and 2006.
An interesting athlete to look out for will be Johan Pretorius, a former 1500m athlete (his personal best is 3min 39.17sec). He was dangerous on the first 10km run leg at the South African Championships in Bloemfontein in July, but battled a bit on the bike. Certainly if he is around in the final 5km, his running ability will stand him in good stead.
The team left on Saturday to give them enough time to deal with any potential jet lag and get to know the route and course they will be facing.