Record elite start list at triathlon

2019-01-29 06:01
Richard Murray will be back to defend his title.

Richard Murray will be back to defend his title.

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Ten South African triathletes are among the top contenders for the Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town champion.

The event takes place on Sunday 10 February, and officially opens the 2019 International Triathlon Union (ITU) global race calendar. The event is the only ITU race that takes place on African soil. It forms part of the Discovery Get Active Weekend, which sees world-class triathletes competing for world ranking and Olympic qualification points, as well as multi-sport enthusiasts and novices enjoying an exciting day of swimming, cycling and running along the picturesque Atlantic Seaboard and past iconic city landmarks.

ITU is the world governing body for the Olympic sport of triathlon and all related multi-sport disciplines, including duathlon, aquathlon, cross-triathlon and winter triathlon. It was founded in 1989 at the first ITU Congress in Avignon, France.

“The 2019 Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town has attracted a record elite entry field, with many of the world’s top triathletes on the waiting list, hoping to secure a last-minute spot at the start on 10 February. This is an important event for triathletes hoping to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo,” says event director Gary Marescia.

South African Richard Murray will be back to defend his title and is set to go head-to-head with countryman Henri Schoeman, who came second in the 2018 event.

Schoeman became the first South African to win an Olympic medal for triathlon by taking bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and he recently clinched a gold in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. They are joined in the men’s division by Wian Sullwald, who came second in the 2018 Dakar Africa Triathlon Union (ATU) Sprint Triathlon African Cup in December.

Gillian Sanders, who took second place in the 2018 event, leads the South African women’s pack. She was part of the South African 2018 Commonwealth Games team, and took first place at the 2018 Agadir ATU Triathlon African Cup in November.

She is joined by fellow South Africans Jodie Berry, Shanae Williams, Amper Schlebusch, Simone Ackermann (fourth in 2018), and Anel Radford.

International competitors setting their sights on the podium include Austrian Lukas Pertl (third in 2018) and Stefan Zachäus from Luxembourg who is keen to rise up in the ITU ranking in order to qualify for the 2020 Olympics, as well as Slovakia’s Richard Varga and Russian brothers Dmitry and Igor Polyanskiy.

In the women’s division, Bermuda’s Flora Duffy (2 x world champ and gold medallist in the 2018 Commonwealth Games) and Rachel Klamer from the Netherlands – ITU world ranked eighth and 10th respectively – are laser focused on making their mark in Cape Town.

The race will start at the V&A Waterfront, with the swim leg of the triathlon beginning in Quay 6, before the route takes the athletes past the Green Point precinct and along the scenic Sea Point Promenade before finishing on the Cape Town Stadium forecourt.

Cape Town mayor Dan Plato said: “The City of Cape Town is proud to support and host an event of an international stature as the Discovery Triathlon World Cup. It is one of many exciting sporting spectacles on Cape Town’s events calendar. Not only does the event provide exhilarating entertainment on land and sea, but it also contributes to our efforts of creating opportunities for our residents.We are looking forward to seeing the talent on display and wish all the athletes and spectators a wonderful event.”

In addition to hosting the world’s best, the event also attracts almost 2000 recreational triathletes. V Entries close on Thursday 31 January, and athletes may visit www.triathlon.capetown for more information and to enter.

Ten South African triathletes are among the top contenders for the Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town champion.

The event takes place on Sunday 10 February, and officially opens the 2019 International Triathlon Union (ITU) global race calendar.

The event is the only ITU race that takes place on African soil.

It forms part of the Discovery Get Active Weekend, which sees world-class triathletes competing for world ranking and Olympic qualification points, as well as multi-sport enthusiasts and novices enjoying an exciting day of swimming, cycling and running along the picturesque Atlantic Seaboard and past iconic city landmarks.

ITU is the world governing body for the Olympic sport of triathlon and all related multi-sport disciplines, including duathlon, aquathlon, cross-triathlon and winter triathlon. It was founded in 1989 at the first ITU Congress in Avignon, France.

“The 2019 Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town has attracted a record elite entry field, with many of the world’s top triathletes on the waiting list, hoping to secure a last-minute spot at the start on 10 February. This is an important event for triathletes hoping to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo,” says event director Gary Marescia.

South African Richard Murray will be back to defend his title and is set to go head-to-head with countryman Henri Schoeman, who came second in the 2018 event.

Schoeman became the first South African to win an Olympic medal for triathlon by taking bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and he recently clinched a gold in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. They are joined in the men’s division by Wian Sullwald, who came second in the 2018 Dakar Africa Triathlon Union (ATU) Sprint Triathlon African Cup in December.

Gillian Sanders, who took second place in the 2018 event, leads the South African women’s pack. She was part of the South African 2018 Commonwealth Games team, and took first place at the 2018 Agadir ATU Triathlon African Cup in November.

She is joined by fellow South Africans Jodie Berry, Shanae Williams, Amper Schlebusch, Simone Ackermann (fourth in 2018), and Anel Radford.

International competitors setting their sights on the podium include Austrian Lukas Pertl (third in 2018) and Stefan Zachäus from Luxembourg who is keen to rise up in the ITU ranking in order to qualify for the 2020 Olympics, as well as Slovakia’s Richard Varga and Russian brothers Dmitry and Igor Polyanskiy.

In the women’s division, Bermuda’s Flora Duffy (2 x world champ and gold medallist in the 2018 Commonwealth Games) and Rachel Klamer from the Netherlands – ITU world ranked eighth and 10th respectively – are laser focused on making their mark in Cape Town.

The race will start at the V&A Waterfront, with the swim leg of the triathlon beginning in Quay 6, before the route takes the athletes past the Green Point precinct and along the scenic Sea Point Promenade before finishing on the Cape Town Stadium forecourt.

Cape Town mayor Dan Plato said: “The City of Cape Town is proud to support and host an event of an international stature as the Discovery Triathlon World Cup. It is one of many exciting sporting spectacles on Cape Town’s events calendar.

“Not only does the event provide exhilarating entertainment on land and sea, but it also contributes to our efforts of creating opportunities for our residents.

“We are looking forward to seeing the talent on display and wish all the athletes and spectators a wonderful event.”

In addition to hosting the world’s best, the event also attracts almost 2000 recreational triathletes. V Entries close on Thursday 31 January, and athletes may visit www.triathlon.capetown for more information and to enter.

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