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- Updated: July 7, 2014
He may have faded out of contention in Chicago recently but former world junior triathlon champion Wian Sullwald says he’ll be good to go for Glasgow and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland later this month, writes Mark Etheridge.
Sullwald won a World Cup event in China recently but is still feeling his way at the highest level and the Cape Town leg of the World Triathlon Series in April was his first experience of competition at the top end of this gruelling three-discipline code.
The Bela-Bela athlete ended 41st in Chicago with a time of 1hr 52min 41sec for the 750m swim, 40km cycle and 10km run as Spain’s Javier Gomez won in 1:47:21. Sullwald’s SA teammate for Glasgow, Richard Murray, ended 13th.
Looking back on his race, Sullwald was disappointed but excited at the same time. “After a very hard swim, swimming with a world champion and Olympic silver medallist, I exited the water in about seventh place. We hit the bike hard and I was feeling great,” he told Road to Rio 2016.
“Unfortunately it was extremely warm with very high humidity, and coming from winter this slowly got to me throughout the race. It was so warm by the time I got on my bike that both of the bottles filled with my PeptoSport energy drink went off and were loosing their colour.
“The ITU also set a very strange cycle course with a ridiculous amount of 90-degree turns and dead turns per lap, so this made for a lot of sprinting and stopping and it also took its toll on my running legs.”
Going forward though and Sullwald realises that he did as well as could be expected. “I’m not all that satisfied with my result but I’m still happy with the race as I come back from being very ill and battling with some health issues, so at this stage I’m just happy to be back and have got a hard race in the bag.
“I’m now on a training camp in Bela-Bela where I’ll train very hard until we leave for Glasgow on 19 July and I hope to have a top five finish in the Games. I also believe this will be realistic, looking where my form is heading.”
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