First SA win for Hugo

2008-04-25 00:00

Top-class racing and a record turnout of over 850 athletes made the Duesouth Xterra South African Championships a race to remember.

Dan Hugo ran home to his first National title in front of a friendly crowd to take the coveted title in a time of two hours, five minutes and 54 seconds — securing himself as SA’s top multisport athlete. He was chased by German Felix Schumann (2:07.06) and Nico Pfitzenmaier (2:10.32). SA’s world champion and icon of the sport, Conrad Stolz, was forced out of contention with a puncture, but crossed the finish line all smiles in sixth position.

Hugo now heads to the United States for three Xterra’s, then across to Europe for another three before returning to SA for the Duesouth Xterra on July 10.

The women’s race was dominated by Hungarian Eszter Erdelyi, who led from start to finish and recorded the fastest splits on each discipline to break the tape in two hours, 28 minutes and 23 seconds. Jeannie Bomford kept the pressure on throughout to take a deserved second (2:32.32), while Michelle Lombardi placed third.

Having spent the summer training in SA, Erdelyi returns home to compete in the European Xterra circuit where she plans to defend her title as European Xterra Champion before taking on the world’s best at the Xterra World Championships in Maui, Hawaii in October.

KwaZulu-Natal athletes Iain Don-Wauchope placed fifth while clocking the fastest run split with Jean-Paul van der Linde, placing seventh overall. Van der Linde was later presented with the prestigious Xterra Warrior of the Year award at the Night of the Champions dinner.

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