TZ expecting strong field for Africa Champs

HARARE - South Africa have confirmed their participation for the Schweppes Water Troutbeck ATU Triathlon African Cup where at least 120 athletes from some of Africa’s road cycling powerhouses will battle for honours.

The international event set for March 28 will be held in the resort town of Nyanga.

It 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 — 1 500m swim, 40km cycle and 10km run.

“The start lists are open and to date, we are expecting competitors in the elite men and women categories from South Africa, Namibia, Luxembourg, Hong Kong, Brazil, Mauritius, Czech Republic and possibly Kazahkstan,” Triathlon Zimbabwe said in a statement yesterday.

“An invitational team from the TSA Academy in South Africa has confirmed their participation and so we will have a good field of youth and junior triathletes competing.

“We have also invited individuals in the youth and junior age groups from Egypt, Botswana, Namibia, Kenya and Mauritius but have not had definite confirmation as yet. We cannot give you the exact number of participants at the moment as entries are still coming in, but we are anticipating a field of approximately 120 athletes across the board.”

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