I have just been reviewing some of the results and reports on recent triathlons in Europe on the TSA website and here. I noticed that you fail to mention Gillian Curr, representing SA in a number of these races, the latest one being the World Cup race in Holten, where, out of all the SA competitors there, was the only one to complete the race that day and did the country proud. She also had a pretty noticeable result in Braaschaat two weekends prior to that, and a respectable result at Strathclyde. Just wondering why she doesn't get a mention, considering there are so few female triathletes from South Africa competing at elite level on the ITU circuit? Thanks Proudly South African
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SA trio come to a halt in Holton World Cup
- Updated: July 13, 2010
A variety of circumstances saw three of our leading triathletes forced to put their race-days on hold in the ITU World Cup event in Holton, Holland.
A combination of injury, heat and a heavy training week put paid to any hopes that Wikus Weber, Richard Murray and Mari Rabie had of a solid performance.
Russia’s Ivan Tutukin and Yulian Malyshev finished first and second in the men’s race, whilst Aussie Erin Denshem took line honours in the women’s race.
An excited Richard Murray and Wikus Weber arrived from Leeds after a fairly hard training week under their belts under the eye of Jack Maitland who also looks after world champion, Allistair Brownlee.
Said Murray after dropping out of the race: ÔÇ£My race was just not good; heat mixed with a lot of traveling in the heat; incorrect training in the week. It just made for a bad race.ÔÇØ
Murray felt lethargic on the first lap of the swim and thought about stopping after the first lap for the 1500-metre swim. ÔÇ£I started and there was no just fire burning my engine.ÔÇØ
It got better in the swim on the second lap and Murray decided to continue, lying just behind the third pack. Once out on the bike though it was a different story. ÔÇ£I felt OK, but on the first hill my legs just popped and there was nothing left. It was then I decided to pull out and not do something silly and waste a race.ÔÇØ
Weber finished the bike leg and then also decided to save himself for another day. The two had a hard day’s training on Tuesday and have been working hard in the pool, which caused the fatigue. ÔÇ£I was tired from Wednesday said Weber.ÔÇØ
On paper at least Rabie was certainly listed as a contender for a podium or top five finish in the pre-race write up by organisers. But Rabie has been battling with a stress fracture, was supposed to be withdrawn but was not. ÔÇ£So I decided to race and had a good swim. I was right up there in the lead on the bike, but my injury prevented me from running, so I had to pull out,ÔÇØ said a disillusioned Rabie.
Weber and Murray next race in the Triathlon de Paris Grand Prix on Sunday 18 July. Rabie, fitness allowing, will line up on Saturday 17 July in Hamburg, along with Kate Roberts, Erhard Wolfaardt and Hendrik De Villiers at the ITU World Championship Series in Hamburg.