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It’s the Erhardt, Andrea show – again

They seem unstoppable! Erhart Wolfaardt and Andrea Steyn made it four from four at the BSG/Energade Series in Germiston on Sunday. Again Wolfaardt’s win was ÔÇ£fairlyÔÇØ comfortable and again Steyn had to fight off the tenacious Kate Roberts.

As expected Henri Schoeman’s swimming pedigree shone again as he emerged first out of the water by almost 24 seconds (7min 01sec for the 750m swim) ahead of Wolfaardt, Hendrik De Villiers, Sander Berk, Chris Felgate and Brad Storm.

But that is where the challenge for Schoeman ended as the favourites threw in a 32:54 clocking for the 20km bike leg and proceed to drop him on the run.

Once Wolfaardt hit the tarmac, he was never going to be caught, scorching out a time of 15:35 for the 5km run, the only athlete to go under 16min on the day. Sander Berk who finished second had been with Wolfaardt from the gun, but was not able to stay with the strong-running series leader and had to watch Wolfaardt vanish into the distance, crossing the line 36sec behind. Hendrik De Villiers, who appears to be slowly regaining the form that saw him finish fourth at the 2008 World Championships, finished third.

The women’s race also evolved into its normal pattern, with Olympian Kate Roberts taking the lead in the swim (8:21 for 750m) and Andrea Steyn (8:40 for the swim) chasing her down on the bike and then both going hammer and tongs in the run.

Roberts (BSG/HPC) was first out of the water, with team-mate Vicky Van Der Merwe this time a few seconds back. Junior Carlyn Fisher, Andrea Steyn and Ashleigh Blackwell (another junior) all came out of the water in 8:40. Then the chase was on. Steyn, showing just why she finished sixth at the recent World Duathlon Championships, screamed through the 20km cycle in 36min 29sec, and taking 15sec out of the 20sec lead Roberts had. Once again it came to down to the run. And once again Steyn had more speed, running 18:07 to Roberts’s 18:16 for the 5km.

Results:
Men
Name              Swim        Bike        Run        Overall
1 Erhard Wolfaardt     07:26        32:54         15:35         55:56
2 Sander Berk         07:27        32:53         16:11          56:31
3 Hendrik De Villiers      07:28       32:52            16:31         56:52

Name              Swim        Bike        Run        Overall
Women
1 Andrea Steyn         08:41        36:29          18:07      01:03:18
2 Kate Roberts             08:21           36:44             18:16    01:03:21
3 Vicky van der Merwe 08:28           36:44             20:32    01:05:45


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