Tri series: Eksteen, Steyn set early pace

2008-10-13 00:00

Claude Eksteen and Andrea Steyn set the early pace in the 2008 BSG Energade Triathlon Series, winning the senior men’s and women’s divisions respectively in the first leg of this exciting seven-event competition at Midmar Dam at the weekend.

It was contested in blistering heat with the mercury rising well above 30ºC. Many of the competitors found it hot, windy and hard on the course, but both Eksteen and Steyn made light of the conditions.

Eksteen, from Pinetown, came out the water fourth after the 600 m swim and then turned on the gas to come into the transition area after the 20 km cycle stage with the lead bunch and breathing down the neck of race leader Erhard Wolfaardt of Bloemfontein.

The KZN star showed that he is in sublime form, outclassing Wolfaardt on the 5 km run in the final stage of the race to cross the tape first in 58:31. Third over the line was Capetonian David Morison, in 59:33, with reigning champion and Dutch Olympic star Sander Berk, who has been taking it easy since arriving in the country after competing in Beijing, crossing the line fourth in 59:53.

The women’s race was a similar affair, with Steyn coming out the water a little behind early leaders Vicky van der Merwe and Corinne Berg. A good cycle leg and her trademark strong running, however, saw Steyn beat Van der Merwe on the 5 km run to win the race in 1;05,30.

Kate Roberts, who represented SA at the Olympics, missed the race due to illness.

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