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Brand, Carla lead the way

Brand Du Plessis and Carla Van Huysteen are firmly entrenched at the top of the Momentim I-Flex National Duathlon Series after the fourth race in the six-leg series in Roodeplaat at the weekend.

Du Plessis is not the dominant figure of two seasons ago where he won every race and is now dealing with the likes of Richard Murray, Theo Bligaut and Travis Johnston who are giving him a good run for his money.

Du Plessis won the opener in February, but had to play second fiddle to an in-form Richard Murray in Zevenwacht and Port Elizabeth. Few would have been able to beat the flying Murray who went on to win the ITU Premium European Cup in Brasschaat on 21 May.

In Roodeplaat it was Travis Johnston and Theo Blignaut who gradually pulled away from du Plessis on the bike leg and then further opened the gap in the final 2.5km run.

However Du Plessis’s third was good enough for 18 points, and after four races he sits on 76 points with one win, two second places and his recent third. Murray is closest with 40 points after his two wins and Jean-Pierre Napal and Johan Pretorius are joint third with 33 points. Murray is unlikely to be competing in the final two events due to international commitments. However du Plessis will not be able to rest on his laurals, as missing one race could well see the gap close quite dramatically on him and he will not want to take anything for granted.

Van Huyssteen has won two of three races. She won the off-road event in Zevenwacht Estate in April, but on the road she suffered back-to-back defeats to rising star Carlyn Fischer. However due to having raced one more event than Carlyn, she has a substantial lead over Fischer. Van Huysteen is on 58 points to the 40 of Fischer.

But Van Huysteen will need to keep a good eye on Alea Brand who is a mere six points behind her.

The next race is in Durban on 24 July.


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