HARARE – South Africa’s Henri Schoeman successfully defended his Troutbeck ITU African Cup title in the elite category in Nyanga over the weekend.
The 22-year-old, who is also the reigning African champion, was devastating in all the three departments dominating his opponents on the swim, bike and run before winning the race in 02:01:44 to earn valuable Olympic qualification points.
In second place was fellow South African Travis Johnston, who completed his race in 02:06:15, five minutes after Schoeman had crossed the finishing line. Great Britain’s Graham Leitch was in third while Colin O’Brady of the United States finished in fourth place.
Zimbabwe was not represented at elite level following the resignation of the country’s two-time Olympic Games representative, Chris Felgate, who called it quits last year after close to 20 years of competing.
Triathlon Zimbabwe president, Rick Fulton, said: “Sadly, we don’t have an elite representative since the departure of Chris Felgate, it takes quite a lot to have someone in that category but we glad we have many talented juniors who with time will be able to step up in the big shoes,” Fulton told the Daily News yesterday.
Meanwhile, the country’s junior Under-19 boys and girls failed to come to party with South Africa once again dominating proceedings. Hanre Herbst and Lourens Botes of South Africa came in first and second place respectively in the Under-19 boys race while Zimbabwean Clemens Anschuetz and Tom Brice settled for third and fourth respectively.
In the Under-19 girls category, Domaria Erlank was the only local in the top four behind three South Africans Nicole Venter, Kerryn Farrell and Nicole Muller.
Drew Williams, Zimbabwe’s Under-17 trump card, got gold ahead of South Africa’s Ruan Van Zyl and Nathan Le Roux while Gideon Benade (4th), Chad Scallan (5th) and Rupert Anschuetz made a three-man local line up for a top six finish.
In the girls’ Under-17s, Serena Rendell took gold with Rachel Jeans following a distant fifth behind the South Africans. Skye Davidson, a continental champion and the country’s most dependable athlete failed to participate in the race.
It was however, an all- Zimbabwean affair in the girls Under-15 with Gabrielle De Chassart finishing in pole position, followed by Cameryn Davidson in second and Cloe Payne in third while Jamie-Lee Soper finished in fourth place. In the Under-13 boys, Tyler Martin took gold.