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Carlyn ninth in Colombia

By Mark Etheridge

All Africa Games champion Carlyn Fischer ended ninth in the ITU Triathlon World Cup event in Guatape, Colombia on Sunday.

Fischer, still only 21, clocked a combined time of 1hr 05min 05sec for the 750 metre swim, 20 kilometre bike ride and 5km run. The race had to be shortened to a sprint distance after heavy overnight rain saw the bike route being blocked by a landslide.

Fischer’s fine effort in cold, wet and miserable conditions, saw her ending less than a minute behind France’s Carole Peon who finished in 1:04:11. Second-placed Tomoko Sakimoto of Japan was timed at 64:30 and Spain’s Zurine Rodriguez was third in 64:37, meaning that Fischer was just 28sec shy of a podium finish.

Fischer exited the water in 10:18 in around 25th spot. She soon made up time with a good bike leg though, covering the 20km in 33:06. Quickest on the bike was Mexico’s Anahi Leon with a 32:53.

In the run there were only eight girls quicker than her 18:31, fastest being Russia’s Alexandra Razeranova with an 18:02 effort.

Originally from Bloemfontein, Fischer, a student at Pretoria University, will be well pleased with her South American sojourn. Her latest effort sees her shoot 39 places up the ITU points list, from 143 to 104th spot.

Fellow South Africans Kate Roberts and Gillian Sanders are placed 38th (down three spots) and 81 (down six spots) respectively.


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