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Wian, Rudolf star in Slovenia

Wian Sullwald and Rudolf Naude recorded an impressive 1-2 for South Africa at the ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup in Bled, Slovenia at the weekend.

Fastest out the water was fellow South African Henri Schoeman, the only swimmer to break five minutes for the 400-metre swim, clocking an impressive 4min 50sec. Next out was Nikolas Fejer of Slovakia (5:07), then came the Austrian duo of Erik Bildstein and Martin Bader (5:16 and 5:17 respectively) before Belgium’s Christophe De Keyser emerged alongside Sullwald (5:26 and 5:27).

Naude came out seven seconds adrift. Naude was leading on the bike (13km), but was soon caught by the chasers, whereupon Sullwald took control of matters. The eighth-placed finisher at the inaugural Olympic Youth Games in Singapore recently was in total command as he needed only 20min 11sec for the 13km bike leg. He showed his prowess by handling the technical two-lap course with aplomb.

As if that was not enough Sullwald flew through the 3km run in 10:40. No one else was able to break the 11min barrier. Sullwald had a 17sec margin over compatriot Naude when he crossed the line in 37:02.

High Performance Coach Emma Swanwick was duly impressed with both athletes. ÔÇ£This is a good confidence-building result ahead of the World Championships in Budapest this coming weekend.ÔÇØ

The World Championships, or Grand Final, takes place from 8-12 September.

1 Wian Sullwald SA 37min 02sec
2 Rudolf Naude SA 37:19
3 Lukas Gaggl AUT  37:40
4 Jacopo Butturini ITA 37:46
5 Maarten De Bolster BEL 37:57