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Silver for Fischer

By Mark Etheridge

All Africa Games triathlon champion Carlyn Fischer wrapped up her year with a second placed finish at the African Cup event in Mauritius at the weekend.

The up and coming Pretoria athlete has had a good year both locally and internationally, winning the All Africa title in Maputo, ending second in the local BSG-Energade series and making the top 10 at an ITU World Cup event in Guatape, Colombia a few months back.

She’s also won two Africa Cup events recently, in Port Elizabeth and Zimbabwe.

In Mauritius she ended up clocking a time of 2hr 14min 50sec for the 1500 metre swim, 40 kilometre bike and 10km run. That saw her ending 1:15 behind visiting Finnish athlete Kaisa Lehtonen.

Another South African athlete, Cape Town based Robyn Williams, daughter of international age-group athlete Viv, ending ninth in 2:25:11.

The race saw a number of visiting athletes from the east and six of the top 10 finishers were from China or Korea.

Describing the race, Fischer said the event was a real mixed bag in terms of weather and underfoot conditions. “The rain poured down from sunrise and continued into late afternoon on race day. With a beach start we were off into the 23 degree warm sea water for the swim which was made interesting by a strong side current. The Koreans and Chinese made the pack stretch out on the swim making a fast pace.”

Fischer came out of the swim in fourth spot after┬á 21:58 effort. Quickest was China’s Yun-Jung Jang in 21:49. “I got onto the bike with a Chinese girl who rode with me for 3km before she slipped on the wet road and fell. In the front pack was myself, Kaisa from Finland, Fabienne St Louis from Mauritius and three Chinese girls. The bike course was dangerous with fast sharp turns on the down and a few technical spots, and a 2km hill on each lap making it difficult to make a break. After repeated break aways by myself and Kaisa, the group stuck together with only the two of us and Fabienne working and the Chinese enjoying a free ride, not working or taking any turns up front. ”

Fischer’s bike took 1:13:32, the quickest of the bunch, and then it was onto the final 10km run. “Off the bike in the pack the race was left up to the run. I started off with a strong pace shoulder to shoulder with Kaisa. Off-road, through 3km of sea sand and wet mud made for an interesting run. Setting up one of my fastest 10km run splits for a triathlon, I slipped just off the pace and finished in second spot.”

Her run time was 38:39, second fastest on the day with Lehtonen quickest with a 37:09.

Summing up, Fischer concluded: “I’m earning some good points and I have now moved up to 83rd position on the ITU rankings list. That was my last race for the year with my next race only in February next year. A late but much needed break is on the cards now and then straight back into hard training in January.”

In the men’s race Fischer’s SA compatriots Travis Johnson (1:58:15), Theo Blignaut (1:59:33) and Rudolf Naude (2:02:05) took positions four, five and six as China’s Faquan Bai won in 1:56:29.