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World’s finest triathletes head to Cape Town

2016-04-06 12:12
Richard Murray (Chris Hitchcock)

Cape Town - When it comes to giving everything, there can be very few sports that match triathlon when pushing the body to the very edge.

For sheer exhilaration and ferocity, triathletes push their limits as they power through the swim, cycle and run.

At the very top of the racing game, where the elites are striving for glory, legs give way after crossing the finish line. That’s what it takes to come out on top at a triathlon; the challenge of the mind and body as every muscle aches to reach for gold. Drama, emotion, and triathlon go hand-in-hand.

This is what spectators can expect to see when the Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town takes place on April 24 this year.

With the world’s best triathletes using the event as preparation and as a qualifier for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, sport fans will witness the world’s finest pushing the boundaries to the limit on the streets of South Africa’s ‘Mother City’.

Spain’s Mario Mola, who won two events in the ITU World Triathlon Series in 2015 and who finished second on the overall leader board for the year, will be among the field in Cape Town.

A trio of sensational Britons will also be racing, including; Olympic gold medallist Alistair Brownlee, 2012 and 2014 World Champion Vicky Holland and 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Jodie Stimpson. Alistair Brownlee’s brother Jonathan, a past triathlon world champion and 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, will also be in the field at the Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town.

From a South African perspective, the 2016 ATU Triathlon African Champions, Henri Schoeman and Mari Rabie will be competing, alongside South Africa’s top-ranked triathlete, Richard Murray, who won an ITU World Triathlon Series leg in Edmonton last year and is determined to claim a title on home soil.

Triathlon has grown in stature in recent years largely thanks to the triathlon Olympic debut in 2000. Since then, the ITU World Triathlon Series has continued to profile the sport on an international scale. With a series of events all over the world, triathlon is spreading its wings to reach a wider audience.

In South Africa, triathlon is gaining momentum, with Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town now a popular choice for local and international athletes. The South African leg of the World Triathlon global super series has produced exciting racing for the last three years.

This year, spectators enjoying the event both on television and live in Cape Town will be treated to a gripping display by top triathletes as they seek to lay down a marker for Rio.

The Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town (April 24)

Sprint individual 500m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run R750

Sprint team 500m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run R1125

Ages 20+

Standard individual 750m swim, 40km cycle, 10km run R895

Standard team 750m swim, 40km cycle, 10km run R1350

Ages 18+

Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town Schools Challenge (April 24)

Schools Challenge individual 500m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run R1 125

Schools Challenge team 500m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run R1 125

Ages (school going)

Discovery Duathlon Cape Town (April 23)

Super Sprint Distance 2.5km run, 10km cycle, run 2.5km

Sprint Distance 5km run, 20km cycle, 2.5km run

Standard Distance 10km run, 40km cycle, 5km

Competitors can take on the challenge as a team or do it all on their own

Discovery Duathlon Cape Town for Kids

5-6 years: 200m run, 1.1km cycle, 200m run

7-9 years: 200m run, 2.2km cycle, 200m run

10-11 years: 1300m run, 3.3km cycle, 1300m run

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