Southbroom athlete powers to silver in Italy

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

PHOTO: supplied Darryn Purtell in the triathlon in Italy.

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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

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