'Triathlon misses Skye, Serena'

HARARE - Wyane Davidson, Triathlon Zimbabwe (TZ) coach, said the junior team that returned home empty-handed from the African Championships in Egypt misses the services of Serena Rendell and Skye Davidson.

Skye Davidson and Rendell were regular medal winners in regional and international competitions before their self-imposed exile from the sport.

Wayne, who is currently having issues with TZ, did not travel to Egypt for the competition held in Sharm El Sheik and his fate will be decided at the association’s Annual General Meeting next month.

In his absence, Pam Fulton travelled with the team as head coach while Tammy Benade was the team manager.

Drew Williams was the first man home for Zimbabwe in the junior boys after he finished fourth in one hour, three minutes and 49 seconds while Rebecca Duncan was the toast of the local girls in similar position in a time of one hour, seven minutes and 51 seconds.

Gideon Benade finished sixth while Alex Colegrave was in seventh place in the junior men category with Karishma Patel and Gabrielle de Chassart finishing in fifth and eighth place respectively for the women.

South Africa won both the junior men and women categories through gold medallists, Nicholas Quenet and Giselde Strauss.

“The placings are good,” Davidson told the Daily News yesterday. “They indicate improvement by those girls but the boys are not getting any closer to the medals.

“The cruel truth is that triathlon has lost its best female talent from this pool in Serena Rendell and Skye Davidson.

“These are two girls who consistently won them medals and are now no longer involved. I really hope for triathlon’s sake that these two return.

“With these two combine with Gabby de Chassart, Zimbabwe will be guaranteed to win medals.

“The boys division is going to be harder; it’s more competitive and we are just not getting anyone through to the top of the sport.”

Peterhouse College’s Rendell last represented Zimbabwe at the 2014 Youth Olympics in China before suffering anaemia upon her return.

That was the last time the triathlon community heard of her.

Skye Davidson is currently concentrating on cycling after suffering a lower leg injury which makes it difficult for her to run properly.

She is expected to participate at the Cycling World Championships in the United States later this year.

“After the championships, she would have to go for a surgery and will be out of action for six weeks before making her return to triathlon,” Wayne said of Skye.

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