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Four in a row for Andrea
- Updated: November 15, 2010
It was hot, extremely hot in Vanderbijlpark on Sunday, but the temperature did little to dampen the exploits of Andrea Steyn and Erhardt Wolfaardt in the fifth leg of the seven-legged BSG/Energade Sprint Triathlon Series.
Two weeks of hard training did not seem to impede Steyn as she romped to a fourth win on the trot. Carlyn Fischer set the pace in the 600-metre swim, emerging with a 20-sec lead over Steyn, Riana De Lange, Carla Van Huysteen and Rosalyn Laurens who then proceeded to chase her down on the 20 kilometre bike leg.
Fischer was caught 3km into the bike and from there both Steyn and De Lange put in attack after attack to try and break the group. Every attack though was countered. Five then entered T2 together and Steyn was able to use her speed to break away on the 5km run leg. Her winning margin was ÔÇ£onlyÔÇØ 17 seconds ahead of the ever-improving Carlyn Fischer. Van Huysteen rounded out the podium. Steyn will now focus on the Africa Cup in Pretoria on 28 November.
The men’s race saw the continuing return to form of Hendrik De Villiers, but it was business as usual for Wolfaardt as he once again took line honours.
Claude Eksteen and Jeff Norton hit the first buoy together with Wolfaardt and Abrahm Louw right behind them. These four came out of the water together with a chase group of six about 20 seconds behind them. The leading quartet worked hard together on the bike, but were unable to prevent the chasers from taking around eight seconds back over the 20km out and back course.
Once on the run, though De Villiers came flying through the field and caught Eksteen at about the 3km mark. Although he was closing in on leader Wolfaardt, De Villiers ran out of road before Wolfaardt hit the finish line. Wolfaardt’s win made it four wins out of a possible five, the only blemish on his scorecard being the runners-up spot in Roodepoort, the first of the series. Top three places thus went to Wolfaardt, De Villiers and Eksteen.