Triathlon team fares well in Egypt


THE Zimbabwe junior triathlon team put on a commendable performance at the Sharm El Sheik African Triathlon Union (ATU) Triathlon African Championships, with all six triathletes finishing in the top eight of their respective races in Egypt on Saturday.


Zimbabwe’s best performances came in the junior men and women’s races where former Youth Olympian Drew Williams and Rebecca Duncan finished fourth respectively.

Williams had been expected to lead Zimbabwe’s charge at the continental championships which ran concurrently with the Pan Arab Championships and he didn’t disappoint with a commendable fourth place finish.

The 18-year-old St John’s College completed the 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run stages in an impressive time of one hour three minutes 49 seconds, which puts him in contention for a place at the World Championships later this year.

South African Nicholas Quenet won the race in a time of one hour two minutes 16 seconds with his compatriot Wickus Saunders winning the silver medal in one hour three minutes four seconds, while Laurent L’Entete the bronze medal.

Peterhouse student Gideon Benade, who was also in the same field with 17 competitor’s, finished sixth in one hour five minutes six seconds, while Hellenic Academy’s Alexander Colegrave was seventh in one hour five minutes 33 seconds.

In the junior women’s race, Duncan, who is a student at Chisipite, led the Zimbabwean charge as she came fourth in a time of one hour seven minutes 51 seconds ahead of compatriot Karishma Patel, who came fifth in one hour nine minutes 25 seconds.

Another Zimbabwean Gabrielle de Chassart finished eighth in one hour 15 minutes 37 seconds in the race won by a South African triathlete Giselde Strauss in one hour three minutes 58 seconds.