Medal-win inspires

2019-03-06 06:01
Kabelo Sekaleli on his way to win bronze at the South African Triathlon Sprint Championships. Photo: Supplied

Kabelo Sekaleli on his way to win bronze at the South African Triathlon Sprint Championships. Photo: Supplied

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Triathlete Kabelo Sekaleli of Bloemfontein is highly motivated to make it to the top of the podium, in his attempt to establishing himself as one of South Africa’s medal recei­vers.

His inspiration for bigger things followed his first ever medal win at this year’s South African Triathlon Sprint Championships, staged at Maselspoort in January.

In this championship he persevered to achieve a podium position alongside Dennis Louw and Maurits Marnewick, who took gold and silver medals, respectively.

Sekaleli claimed the bronze medal in the 25 to 29 years age group.

He completed the series of a 750 m swim event, a 20 km bike-ride and a 5 km run to claim his first ever medal.

This sport demands among others, a great deal of discipline, focus and endu­rance from athletes.

It all started in November 2016 when he participated in an event.

“At first the aim was to participate in one event and see how it goes. I never thought that I will become so addicted to the sport.

“I have not won a medal in triathlon before,” a Sekaleli said.

He attributed his morale-boosting podium position to good preparation.

Sekaleli is of the view that this position heralds a great future for him in the sport.

“It was my first medal win of many to come in my triathlon career.

“My dream is to see myself competing internationally at the World Triathlon Championship and the Ironman competition.

“I am growing in the sport. I keep improving my fitness and finishing times.

“So, surely, I see myself achieving more in triathlon,” said Sekaleli.

He is sharpening himself to compete at this year’s national triathlon leg to be staged in Durban later in March.

As with most of his peers that grew up in a township, Sekaleli played football, the most popular sport until his adventure into triathlon in 2016.

“No one encouraged me to take up triathlon.

“A friend told me about it as at that time I was exercising to maintain my weight-loss by swimming, cycling and running.

“I played soccer and also did trail runs, which I’m still doing.”

Sekaleli’s ambition is to grow the sport further, even after retiring.

“My plan is to run a triathlon development with the main aim to introduce the sport to the black community and transfer the skills I gained to youngsters and nurture their talent,” said Sekaleli.

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