Southbroom athlete powers to silver in Italy

2015-10-15 06:00
PHOTO: supplied
Darryn Purtell in the triathlon in Italy.

PHOTO: supplied Darryn Purtell in the triathlon in Italy.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

SOUTHBROOM triathlete Darryn Purtell (24), won a silver medal in his age category at the World Cross Triathlon­ Championships in Italy last week.

The triathlon consisited of a 1.5km swim, a 40km mountain-bike ride and a 9.6km trail run.

Purtell said his recent result actually surprised him.

“I wasn’t really sure what the competition would be. I was racing overseas for the first time.”

Although putting in a great swim and in contention for gold, Purtell finished second, five minutes after a German winner.

He said he experienced race-day nerves, but they soon settled and he is happy to have raced against some of the world’s best.

“I think growing up on the South Coast and racing in events around South Africa prepared me well for any type of track,” said Purtell, comparing racing on South African terrain to the Italian terrain. - Supplied

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.