Schwulst finally gets it right

NYANGA - South African elite women triathle Cindy Schwulst finally exorcised the ghost of second place finish after winning the 2018 Bonaqua Troutbeck ATU Sprint Triathlon African Cup here yesterday.

Schwulst recovered from a disappointing swim to be the first athlete on the bike heading to the run.

She beat to second place fellow South African teammate Jayme-Sue Vermaas, who was making her debut at Troutbeck.

Hong Kong's Yan Yin Hilda Choi was in third while Maude Le Roux also from SA finished in fourth place.

There was disappointment on the part of another South African Shanae Williams who got a tyre puncture after setting herself up for a bigger platform.

Williams came out of the swim in pole position and with a commanding gap.

She eventually pulled out of the race and did not finish.

"Disappointing but that's the nature of the game, but happy for my compatriots for winning the race," Williams told the Daily News.

Winner Schwulst was happy to come first after four attempts.

She finished second in  three consecutive years from 2015- 2017.

"I wasn't too worried because I know the girls are really strong swimmers and was kinda expecting that to happen, you cant ever panick in a race you just got to focus on doing the best you can even if you coming last or far behind," Schwulst said after the race.

"So I just worked on catching one by one on the bike and then my cycling style I and I know this course suits me well with the hills so I didnt panick. I just concentrated on catching the girls, I was very happy to get a nice lead before the start of the run which made the run a lot easier.

"After so many tries it feels very good to finally finish first.  I have been working a lot more on my running and towards the end of last year I did a lot of work on my cycling as well, my swim wasn't great I may need to work on that again but going forward im happy with the fitnesses and I know what I need to work on."

Zimbabwe elite men representatives for the first time in six years Gideon Benade and Rory Mackie finished 12th and 14th respectively.

Germany's Jonas Breinlinger was first, Nicholas Free from Australia in second and Namibia's Jean-Paul Burger in third place.

Sports minister Kazembe Kazembe officially opened the event.

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