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Brand, Kate hot favourites
- Updated: May 28, 2010
National duathlon champion Brand Du Plessis and Africa Triathlon Champion, Kate Roberts, go into Sunday’s Africa and South African Duathlon Championships in Bloemfontein, as favourites.
Du Plessis, who in 2009 had been unbeatable in the duathlon discipline, has not had the same aura of invinciblility in 2010 after battling with a virus.
That seems to have been shaken after his last win at the Momentum Health Iflex National Duathlon Series at Northern Farm in Johannesburg.
Du Plessis will be keen to defend his title and then book a spot on the team to the World Championships. In 2009 he lead from start to finish in bitterly cold conditions in the elite category and the chances are this time round will be no different.
Du Plessis though could face a very real challenge in the form of Richard Murray who leads South Africa in the Under-23 category. Murray is a strong runner and cyclist, and as the Elite Men and Under-23 men start at the same time, the battle for overall honours could be a very tight one.
On the women’s front it is unlikely that anyone will be able to challenge the rampant Kate Roberts. There’s no Andrea Steyn due to injury, so that leaves the title open to Roberts.
The 27-year-old has had a phenomenal 2010 to date. Ranked 14th in the world in the triathlon after her sixth place finish at the World Championship Series race in Sydney and fourth at the World Cup in Mooloolaba, also in Australia, Roberts was unstoppable at the Africa Triathlon Championships in Durban on 8 May.
With her strong biking and even better running, it is hard to see anyone challenging her spot for the title.
The African and South African Duathlon Championships include the SA and African Long Distance Duathlon Championships. The racing gets underway on Sunday 29 May at 7am in and around the University of Bloemfontein.