FNB Desert Triathlon – Top spot for SA Brad Venter
The FNB Desert Triathlon (swim/bike/run) took place this Sunday in Swakopmund. The race venuw was looking ideal with clear blue skies and a glistening Atlantic Ocean. The dolphins also made an appearance and joined the swimmers.
The FNB Desert Triathlon offers a choice of three distances. The Ultra distance (1.9km/90km/21km), a Standard distance (1km/40km/10km) and a Sprint Distance (400m/20km/4km). There are also team entries where athletes can team up with athletes in other disciplines to enable them to complete the entire event.
The event kicked off at 7.00 am with the Ultra event. Swim conditions were ideal, sea temperature was a warm 18 degrees and the sea was calm. Top spot went to SA favourite and winner, Brad Venter. Brad received the winner trophy and prize money of N$4500. Brad was first out the water with just over a minute lead. He kept the pace up on the bike, completing the 90km bike route in 2h24min. He had a phenomenal run. Completing the 21.1km run in 1hr34. Brad who was also second overall in the 2012 event, said “I am very pleased with his result and plan to be back in 2014 to defend the title.”
Second overall male was Archie Graham in 4h53 and third overall and winner of the Veteran category was Zimbabwean Glenn Morgan who said “Great event, far better than the Ultra in East London, definitely will be back next year.”
Irene Steyn was overall winner of the Ultra Female event, in a time of 5h23min, second overall and winner of the Master age category was Cheryl Young in 5h44. Third overall and second on in the Elite category was Adele De la Rey in 6h01.
Local talent, Drikus Coetzee, was overall winner of the Standard Distance in a time of 1h52. When asked about future plans the talented Drikus said ” I want to be on the podium at the SA Triathlon championships in the near future and the African triathlon champs. I want to live my dream of being a professional triathlete and compete with the best at the World Championships WTS- World Triathlon Series. My ultimate goal is to qualify for the Olympic Games (2016/20) and later to be a competitive Hawaii Iron man athlete”.
Charmaine Shannon won the Standard Distance female race in a time of 2h28. The Sprint distance was won by Herbert Peters in a time of 1h01 and Elfieda Kirsten won the female category in 1h22.
OTB Sport, the organizers of the FNB Desert Triathlon, said “we are very pleased with the turnout. We had around 250 participants, with the Ultra event being the most popular. It was good to welcome new faces. From Zimbabwe and South Africa”. OTB Sport thanked FNB for their continued support and sponsorship for the past 7 years. They also thanked PUMA, the technical sponsor, and OCNAM, Herco Marketing, Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre and Air Namibia