Multisport athlete wins first Olympic Distance Triathlon

2016-08-03 06:00
PHOTO: Jethro Snyders Mikaela Jonsson (19), won her first Olympic Distance Triathlon at race 3 of the Tinman Tri-series in Durban.

PHOTO: Jethro Snyders Mikaela Jonsson (19), won her first Olympic Distance Triathlon at race 3 of the Tinman Tri-series in Durban.

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JEEP Team’s young multisport athlete , Mikaela Jonsson (19), won her first Olympic Distance Triathlon at race 3 of the Tinman Tri-series in Durban.

Round 3 of the Tinman Tri-series took place at the Suncoast Sundeck on Sunday, 24 July. From the four different races offered, junior triathlon superstar, Mikaela Jonsson, competed in the Ultra Tri Challenge - the Olympic Distance Triathlon - a one-kilometre swim, a 30km cycle and a 10km run.

Despite only being back in training for three weeks, Jonsson’s performance was impressive in all three stages. She placed a close third in the swim with 13m27s, came second in the cycle at 59:21, and again finished second in the run with a time of 43:46, winning in an overall time of 1:58:34, ahead of second-placed Teneal Featherby and third-placed Hayley Mee.

Jonnson won women overall and her age category, but as in all triathlons, the transition time taken between legs can mean the difference between winning and losing, as in this race.

Jonnson’s race-time against Featherby was slower overall by 8 seconds, but 1:03 faster than Featherby in transition time.

“I’m so happy to have taken the win overall in my first Olympic Distance Tri at the Tinman Triathlon in Durban. I had such a fantastic race. Thanks to some incredibly strong ladies for pushing me all the way, especially on the bike course.

“I am finally feeling like myself again, after only being back at training for three weeks after battling with illness for over a month, and my first swim race after doing shoulder rehab for more than two months. I’m grateful to everyone who has helped me with such patience and wisdom over the past few months. Onwards and upwards,” said Jonnson. - Supplied.

‘Thanks to some incredibly strong ladies for pushing me all the way, especially on the bike course’

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