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SA triathletes shine in Mauritius sprint event
- Updated: June 8, 2015
South African athletes will return from Mauritius with the majority of medals at the 2015 Le Morne ATU Sprint African Cup at the weekend, writes Mark Etheridge.
Between them the SA athletes won four of the six medals up for grabs in the elite men’s and women’s races.
Basson Engelbrecht, an hpc athlete, won the overall title as he clocked 57min 14sec for the 750-metre swim in 25.2º Celsius Indian Ocean temperatures, 20.4km bike and 5km swim.
He ended 17sec ahead of Czech Republic’s Tomas Svoboda and Eddie van Heerden’s 58:38 made it gold and bronze for South Africa.
SA triathletes also filled eighth, ninth and 10th spots through Wikus Weber, Travis Johnston and Casper Moodie to make it five out of the top 10 spots.
The SA women also got onto the podium with Mari Rabie and Cindy Schwulst taking the runners-up and third spot respectively in times of 1:06:03 and 1:06:59.
The race was won by Australia’s Emma Jeffcoat in 1:05:04.
South Africa’s third top 10 finisher was Youth Olympian Jayme-Sue Vermaas in sixth spot (1:12:02).