New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Pair Win Ultra Desert Triathlon

Swakopmund — Conditions were near perfect during the annual FNB Desert Triathlon in Swakopmund last weekend that saw elite athletes from South Africa dominating the proceedings.

The event was hosted by Otb Sport and sponsored by FNB Namibia with Puma as the technical sponsor. Top spot in the ultra event went to 2008 winner Gerhard de Bruin, from South Africa, who slashed the 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21.1km run in a combined time of 04h-17-min and 20-seconds.

Bradley Venter placed 2nd in the ultra male event - clocking 04-hours-18-minutes and 33-seconds with Raoul de Jongh adrift in 3rd place in a time of 04-hours-27-minutes and 12 seconds. De Jongh is the first South African to qualify for three world championships - the Iron Man 70.3, the Iron Man and the Xterra.

Legendary South African triathlete Glen Gore - 12 x SA Elite champion and winner of the Swakop Triathlon in 1997 who is the incumbent coach and manager of ASG Pro Team - came out tops in the male open category after clocking 04h-36min-5secs.

Veteran local triathlon icon, Paddy Murphy, held his ground to take second position in the male open category in a time of 04h-51min-05secs with Russell Nugent from South Africa close on his heels in 04h-52min-02secs.

Corinne Berg had a great race and won the female elite ultra in an astonishing time of 04h-55min-58secs - leaving Irene Steyn to pick up the pieces in second place in a time of 05h-33min-12secs with Adele de la Rey in 3rd place on 05h-52min-15secs.

Phillip Steyn took top honours in the standard distance (1km swim; 40km bike; 10km run) male elite category in a time of 02h-13min-38secs. He was followed by Mirko Maier in 2nd place with 02h-15min-21secs and Borja Romera further behind in 3rd place - clocking 02h-25min-03secs.

Veteran triathlete and former Ramblers tough-as-steak defender Tokkie Bombosch triumphed in the veterans division, while Paul Brinkmann and Stefan Van Doorn finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Megan le Roux was victorious in the female standard event with Nicola Theron and Berrit Graf adrift in that order. The overall male winner of the sprint was Peter Brinkmann, while Ilka Preschel claimed the female category. Complete results available online.

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