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Sander stars in Sun City showdown
- Updated: November 3, 2009
Sander Berk took full advantage of the absence of in-form Erhardt Wolfaardt and Claude Eksteen to win the weekend’s 11 Global Triathlon at Sun City .
Wolfaardt elected to focus on the upcoming Africa Cup on 15 November and Eksteen has been battling with a virus of late.
As expected, Chris Felgate was first out of the water, covering the 1500m swim in 19min 30sec with Berk and Berndt Burger 25sec behind. Berk then had a storming cycle leg of 1:07:31. Only Nico Sterk had a faster cycle, but he was almost 2min adrift after the swim and thus in no position to chase down the leading trio of Berk, Burger and Felgate.
Felgate started to lose touch with Burger and Berk on the bike whilst Michael Davidson came storming through. Davidson had started the cycle leg some way back after needing 21:40 for the swim but once on the bike he set about chasing down the leaders. Burger was not able to stay with Berk, clocking 1:08:44 for the 40km bike leg with Davidson clocking 1:08;51.
On the 10km run, Davidson started to eat away at the lead of both Berk and Burger, but had too much left to do to catch them. So although clocking the fastest run leg of 36:08, Davidson had to settle for third overall.
Berk finished in 2:05:01 ÔÇô 1:02 ahead of Burger with Davidson finishing in 2:06:39.
The women’s race also saw the absence of a number of the big names. Andrea Steyn, Carla Germishuys, Kate Roberts and Riana De Lange all opted to focus on the Africa Cup which is a key event for the top athletes who want to be considered for the TSA High Performance Squad.
Kathryn Cronje made full use of the absence of the ÔÇ£big gunsÔÇØ to win by 40sec from Kim Battson.
It was a real tussle between these two, as they traded ÔÇ£blowsÔÇØ like punch drunk boxers. Battson was first out the water almost a minute ahead of Cronje ÔÇô 21:45 to 22:40 for the 1500m swim ÔÇô but Cronje came into her own on the bike. Coming in three seconds behind Battson on the bike (1:18;32 to 1:19;24 for the 40km bike leg) Cronje then used her strength on the run (10km) to catch and pass Battson to cross the line in 2:28:00 exactly, with Battson clocking 2:28:40.