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Steyn back on track

Andrea Steyn made sure it was business as usual in the BSG/Energade Sprint triathlon Series in Port Elizabeth but it was a different story in the men’s race where 2008 World Junior Duathlon Champion Richard Murray took line honours.

Steyn had won all of the BSG/Energade Races (four in total) since the Series started but had to watch as Kate Roberts (who had been second to Steyn in all four previous races) won imperiously in Cape Town this time out. But Steyn was back in dominant form in PE and, as in the past, outsprinted Roberts.

Roberts was second out of the water ÔÇô covering the 600 metre swim in 11min, behind junior Lauren Dance ÔÇô but this time she only had a seven advantage over Steyn who made that up quickly on the bike, clocking 35:52 for the 20km bike ride to the 35:59 of Roberts. From there the two tracked each other stride for stride in the 5km run before Steyn once again put in a sprint to finish ahead of Roberts. Steyn crossed the line 1:03:52 to the 1:03:56 of Roberts.

Lauren Dance and Carlyn Fischer continued their fierce duel with Fischer coming up trumps, but she had to fight hard. Dance was first out of the water, ahead of even Kate Roberts, needing only 10:53 for the swim. But then the strength of Fischer on the bike told as she flew to 35:45 clocking for the 20km bike ÔÇô faster even than the flying Steyn and Roberts. Dance’s 21sec lead from the swim had been whittled down to three seconds and on the run Fischer was 10 seconds faster than Dance to finish 4th overall and first junior, seven seconds ahead of Lauren Dance.

With no Henri Schoeman in the mix, it was Hendrik De Villiers who emerged out of the water first in the swim, clocking 7:50, with Junior Abrahm Louw right on his shoulder. Series leader and thus far undefeated in the BSG/Energade Series, Erhardt Wolfaardt was eight seconds behind with Claude Eksteen a further seven seconds adrift.

It seemed business as usual on the bike as Wolfaardt, Eksteen and De Villiers settled into a rhythm and it looked as if it would come down the run again between these three. But Richard Murray had other ideas. Although finishing the swim a full 50sec behind De Villiers, Murray┬á – the 2007 and 2008 World Duathlon Champion – put in the fastest bike split of the day to record the only time under 31 minutes (30:43) over the 20km bike. Claude Eksteen clocked 31:12, Wolfaardt 31:18 and De Villiers 31:25.

With the leading trio only 20seconds ahead now, Murray proceeded to hunt them down in the 5km run. Murray screamed to a 14:44 run over the 5km, 27 seconds faster than Wolfaardt and 56sec faster then Eksteen, to cross the line first with an overall time of 54:07. Erhardt Wolfaardt finished in 54:29 with Eksteen third 29seconds further back.

Name                Swim        Bike        Run        Overall
1 Richard Murray        8:39        30:43        14:44        54:07
2 Erhardt Wolfaardt    7:58        31:18        15:12        54:29
3 Claude Eksteen    8:05        31:12        15:40        54:58

Name                Swim        Bike        Run        Overall
1 Andrea Steyn        11:07        35:52        16:52        1:03;52
2 Kate Roberts        11:00        35:59        16:56        1:03;56
3 Carla Germishyus    11:01        35:39        18:00        1:05;00