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By Mark Etheridge
in Nanjing

Team South Africa’s triathlon code wrapped up their competition with the International Team Relay at Xuanwu Lake on Thursday.

After racing the individual events on Sunday and Monday, Nathan le Roux and Jayme-Sue Vermaas were part of an African team in the 4xMixed Relay, held over the sprint distance.

Those distances involved a 250m swim, 6.6km bike ride and 1.8km run. The team of four clocked 1hr 30min 50sec, which put them 8:33 behind winners Europe 1.

The South African effort was slightly hampered by one of the other African athletes having to compete with an injury which slowed things down.
‘But our two competitors raced very well,’ said manager/coach John Rumbelow. ‘They raced their own races and beforehand we wrote down their target times and they ended up around 5-10sec shy off that.

‘They definitely took a lot out their Youth Olympic Game experience going forward.’

Meanwhile in the pool, Team SA’s Jarred Crous moved into the semi-finals of the boys’ 50m breaststroke in morning action. After placing second in heat four to Russian Anton Chupkov, Crous was fourth fastest with a 29.66. That was 0.69sec off fastest qualifier Nikola Obrovic of Croatia.

In the  boys’ 100m freestyle, Joshua Steyn was 27th quickest in morning heat action, clocking 52.19sec. That was 2.04sec off the pace set by China’s Hexin Yu.

There was little joy for the girls’ 4x100m freestyle relay as the combination of Marlies Ross, Nathania van Niekerk, Justine Macfarlane and Michelle Weber ended fifth and last in their heat. They clocked 3:59.05 to end 9.55sec of host nation China.

In the 800m heats Szurdoki was fifth in his event, clocking 8:15.50.

Pictures by Wessel Oosthuizen/SASPA. Pictures of Team South Africa’s campaign at the 2014 Youth Olympics are free for downloading on www.sascocimages.co.za.


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