South Africa

SA's Munnik stars in Snowy Mountains Cross Triathlon World Champs

2016-11-22 12:30
Kate Munnik (File)

Cape Town - Bermuda’s Flora Duffy dominated at the 2016 Snowy Mountains ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship in Australia over the weekend, winning an historic third world championship title.

It’s been a career best season for Duffy who entered the race as the defending champion, reigning ITU World Champion and Xterra World Champion.

She led from the gun and increased her margin at every change over to eventually win by four minutes from Chilean Barbara Riveros in the silver medal position, and Suzanne Snyder (USA) taking bronze.

“It’s really surreal and don’t think I’ve full absorbed it yet, this race was pretty hard and I was so empty on that run course today,” said Duffy.

Duffy finished in a time of 2:54:11 with Riveros (2:58:05) and Snyder (3:05:45) trailing in her wake.

In the women's 30-34 age group, South Africa's Kate Munnik took second place in 3:09:35, finishing behind home favourite Anne Alford (3:08:42).

Munnik wasn't the only South African to shine Down Under.

Brad Edwards emerged victorious in the men's Under-23 category in a time of 2:48:22, while compatriots Charl-stephen Nienaber (2:54:42) finished fourth, just ahead of another South African, Aiden Nugent (2:57:04) in fifth.

In the junior men's category, Michael Ferreira took the plaudits, winning in a time of 0:59:47, while in the junior women's section, Mikeaela Jonsson finished second (1:14:17) behind Australian Laura May (1:13:20).


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