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Africa Cup for Pretoria
- Updated: October 23, 2009
The 2009 ITU Triathlon Africa Cup will take place in Pretoria on 14 November.
The race sees the best of South Africa’s athletes up against some of the world’s elite. In previous years the race has attracted the likes of Javier Gomez┬á – world champion in 2008, runner-up in 2007 and fourth at the Beijing Olympics.
For the South African elite the World Cup will be of importance as anyone who wants to be considered for the 2009-2010 High Performance Squad will need to be there.
Building towards London and the 2012 Olympic Games, the junior squad that toured Europe in August (Carlyn Fisher, Lauren Dance, Rudolf Naude, Henri Schoeman, Corne van der Ryst, Wian Sullwald and Daniel Claasen) will be expected to compete at the World Cup.
The Africa Cup will also be the qualifier for the Olympic Youth Games which take place in Singapore in August in 2010.
At stake are also ATU/ITU points for the Elite racers. ATU points are what determine the continental rankings, and ITU points are needed if athletes want to compete in the World Cup or World Championship Series.
The Elite field will race over the standard Olympic distance of 1500m swim, 40km cycle and 10km run, and, like the juniors, the race is draft legal. The 16/17 age groupers will cover half the distance, but there’s will not be a draft legal race.
Total prize money amounts to R30 000.
The Africa Cup in Pretoria will be the first of the three Africa Cup Races with the second race happening in Mombasa, Kenya a week later (21/22 November), with the final race in Mauritius on December 19.