The first day of the Discovery Get Active weekend drew to a close on Saturday 11 February with the triumphant ring of the South African anthem. The men’s elite sprint race was dominated by green and gold with Richard Murray in first place despite a 10-second transition penalty. He was followed closely by Olympic bronze medalist Henri Schoeman and Wian Sullwald in third.
Murray was unable to compete last year due to injury, and after two previous unsuccessful attempts at a podium finish for this race, he was thrilled with the win. He also said it was; “an exciting first for South Africa to take one, two and three on the podium.”
The women’s elite race ended in a nail biting finish, with a tenth of a second between Great Britain’s highest ranked participants – Lucy Hall (first) and Jessica Learmonth (second). They finished just under an hour at 59:34 and 59:35 respectively. Hall said she looked forward to competing again soon in South Africa but “it would have to be a sprint race in conditions as hot as today’s.”
“There were perfect conditions for all those who took part today, and fantastic crowd support for the elites. Our South African athletes stepped up and made their country proud. It’s been an exciting day from the first age group to the elite races,” said Gary Marescia, Discovery Get Active Weekend Race Director.
Notes to editor:
Swim/Bike/Run distance: 750m/20km/5km
Women official results:
1. Lucy Hall | GBR | 00:59:34.987
2. Jessica Learmonth | GBR | 00:59:35.667
3. Ai Ueda | JPN | 01:00:04.027
Men official results:
1. Richard Murray | RSA | 00:51:33.573
2. Henri Schoeman | RSA | 00:51:41.667
3. Wian Sullwald | RSA | 00:51:56.660
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