Brown to invest in waters

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ZIMBABWE elite women triathlete Laurelle Brown wants to improve on her swimming as she plots the remainder of her 2020 season.

Brown had a fruitful debut in the elite category at the Bonaqua Troutbeck ATU Triathlon African Cup in Nyanga at the weekend where she won a silver medal.

“I think there are a few more races left in the season, South Africa Championship and the All Africa Championships (but) I haven’t decided if I’m going to race them yet,” Brown said.

“I need to improve my swimming before I try and compete on that level but definitely happy with the podium and the two silvers, that’s awesome it must be a trend.

“It’s tough, I have been struggling with a bit of a shoulder injury for the last three months and I think that’s affecting me a little bit.

“With the swimming, you just have to spend time in the water but it’s quite hard with working and trying to fit in your social life, to get more than an hour in the water every day so it’s definitely something I want to work on so will see how it goes.”

The 2012 African Junior Women champion’s Achilles heel at the just-ended meet was definitely her swimming as she exited the waters last behind most of the junior elite women, who raced together with the elites.

The 25-year-old, however, used her strength on the bike to cover up for lost ground.

“I was really lucky (that) I’m strong on the bike so it was nice to catch the group and try and get them all working together and then leave it all for the run,” she said.

“Everyone struggles; everyone goes through the same thing so it’s good to be back and amazing support from all the Zimbabweans out there it was really great and it definitely helps.”

Sports minister Kirsty Coventry, who was the guest of honour, commended Triathlon Zimbabwe for their continued professionalism in the way they continue to manage the sport.

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