Bumper cast for ATU Triathlon Africa Cup

HARARE - At least 120 athletes from some of Africa’s road cycling powerhouses are expected to descend on the resort town of Nyanga for the Troutbeck ATU Triathlon African Cup later this month.

The international event set for March 28 will run concurrently with the Zimbabwe Triathlon National Championships as well as the Troutbeck Mile Open Water Swim.

In the triathlon events, athletes will compete across various categories over elite and under-23 standard distances.

These being the 1 500m swim, 40km cycle and 10km run.

Triathlon Zimbabwe (TZ) is excited by the response the event has been receiving.

“The start lists have only just opened and so I cannot give you full details on which international athletes will be attending, however, as of today, we are expecting competitors from South Africa, Luxembourg, Hong Kong, Brazil and the Czech Republic,” TZ said in a statement.

“We have also invited individuals in the youth and junior age groups from Egypt, Botswana, Namibia, Kenya and Mauritius but have not had confirmation as yet.

“We have hosted this event as well as the African Championships in the past and have had the pleasure of hosting past Olympians such as our own Chris Felgate, Richard Murray, Henri Schoeman, Kate Roberts and Gillian Sanders from South Africa, Fabienne St Louis from Mauritius to name a few.”

“The Troutbeck Mile Open Water Swim is also held on the same day as the triathlon events. This year will be the fourth year that we have had this event and it has grown from strength to strength in terms of the number of competitors.”

The inaugural Troutbeck Mile Open Water Swim event was held in 2012 with Kirsty Coventry setting 00:20:50 over 1500 metres which was later broken by Sarah Hawgood’s 00:20:49 swim in 2014.

Nicholas Burnett currently holds the record in the men’s 1500m for his 00:20:39 swim in 2012. Kerryn Grenfell is the ladies’ 750m record holder with 00:11:00 while Dylan Steyl’s 00:10:28 in the men’s 750m will be the time to beat in the men’s 750m swim.

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