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SA triathletes in Taiwan
- Updated: June 24, 2012
A strong South African team will fly the national flag at the 11th World University Triathlon Championships in the Far East, writes Mark Etheridge.
The event takes place in Taipei, Taiwan on 30 June and will attract a top international athletes from around the world.
The distances of the event are the same as those used at the Olympics and are a 1.5 kilometre swim, 40km cycle and 10km run.
South Africa will be made up for Wian Sullwald, a former Youth Olympics ace, Wikus Weber (Jnr) and Rudolf Naude on the men’s front while All Africa Games champion Carlyn Fischer, Rosalyn Laurens (girlfriend of top triathlete Erhard Wolfaardt) and Stellenbosch based Mari Rabie will do battle in the womens’ event.
Fischer was part of a victorius women’s team event in Brazil earlier this year, along with Andrea Steyn and Vicky van der Merwe.
The Taiwan event will be made up of both an individual and team competition. The team winners will be based on the cumulative time of the top three athletes from each country across the finish line.