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SA aces primed to race

The international triathlon season starts to pick up in earnest from the end of April for South Africa’s top triathletes as they prepare for the World Championships in Beijing in September.

“Cave Man” Conrad Stoltz leads South Africa at the inaugural ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships in Spain on 30 April. Claude Eksteen and Kate Roberts will be lining up in six World Championship Series races, whilst Mari Rabie will compete in four.

Hendrik De Villiers, former fourth placed finisher at the World Championships, will be competing in four World Championship Series races and one World Cup race, whilst talented Richard Murray has a busy season of seven races including World Championship Series, World and European Cup races.

Wian Sullwald is quite clearly being groomed for the step up to Senior Elite Level as he gets older. The 18 year-old has already started to make his mark on the International triathlon scene, with his 8th place finish at the inaugural Olympic Youth Games finish in 2010; Sullwald also won the Junior European Cup in Bled,

Slovenia last year. Sullwald will be competing in the Tournai ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup on 30 April in Belgium, and then in three more European Junior Cups in July.

Meanwhile Triathlon South Africa have selected a team of 58 athletes for the World Long Distance Triathlon Championships in Henderson, Nevada, USA on 5 November, including Kent Horner, Diane Emery, Samantha Spong and Sonja Boyd.

Horner was selected after winning the SA Long Distance Championships in Midmar on 6th March. Gerhard De Bruin and PJ Delmont finished 3rd and 4th respectively at the Championships and were thus also included in the team.

Natasha Gorrie-Nuttal was the overall winner in the ladies race, whilst Samantha Spong backed up her 4th in the 30-39 age group with a win in the 35-39 age group and then went on to a runner up spot at the Iron Man SA in the 35-39 age group.

Emery finished eighth at Iron Man SA in 2011; eleventh in 2010 in Iron Man SA and eighth in Iron Man Australia the same year and has shown a pedigree for long distance racing, whilst Caroline Koll’s 12th at Iron Man SA was good enough to see her selected in the elite team.

Of particular interest is that of the 12 Elite entries for the World Championships, nine are women.