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Cindy Schwulst leads with Craig Alers as they leave the water and go into the cycle transition.

Words & Photos: Dean Venish

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The start of the Olympic Distance.

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EAST LONDON EXTENDED A WARM WELCOME TO THE OLD MUTUAL SUNSHINE COAST TRIATHLON CONTESTANTS WITH PERFECT WEATHER; OVERCAST, NOT A BREATH OF WIND AND AN OCEAN THAT RESEMBLED A DUCK POND IT WAS THAT CALM. Held on 9 February 2014 at Orient Beach, EventPro put together another super event, and with the title sponsor Old Mutual on board, and Wild Coast FM providing the music, it just gets better and better every year and is definitely a festive scene for spectators and competitors alike. I must admit that out of all the different sporting events I cover, triathlon athletes are definitely topping the list on the happy and relaxed list, with various forms of waves (maybe a call for help?) and thumbs up along the way.

The Olympic Distance class was the first to go off, with Cindy Schwulst, in the Open Female section, and Craig Alers, in the Open Men's, clear favourites. When the siren exploded into life, there was a sprint to the ocean and bodies disappeared into the water. As silence descended on the shore, just the distant thud, thud of the SAPS rubber ducks following the competitors could be heard. The swim course consisted of two laps, where competitors had to come ashore after completing their first lap before returning to the water to tackle the second. By the end of this leg, Cindy and Craig were leading the pack as they exited the water together, having forged a two-minute lead.

Olympic Distance competitors hitting the water on the first lap of the swim.

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In the cycle and run legs, Alers retained his lead, proving unbeatable as he powered away to cross the finish line in grand style. Cindy also put on a magnificent performance to take the win in the Open Female section, as well as finish a well-deserved fourth overall. In the Veteran Men's section, it was Andre van Wyk who claimed the top podium sport, with Warwick Attree in second and Ralf Wittroski in third. The trio finished in under 2 hours 30 minutes, showing most of the youngsters the way home. In the Veteran Female race, Candy Boonzaier blazed her way across the line to win the class, and was also the third female home.

In the Sprint Distance Open Men, there was a mere 36 seconds separating the top three, and after a ding-dong battle it was Lukas Kampkotter in first, with Sevatian Czerny in second and Clinton Gravette in third. Not far behind them was the mixed team of Stone House Capital. The first Junior Male home was Andrew Spanjaard, and he was only 6 minutes behind the top three. Andrew has a very promising career ahead of him and is definitely someone to watch out for. Nicole Venter was equally impressive and claimed top honours as the Junior Female home. In the Mini Distance event, Clint Gertze just beat Cameron Flanagan by 13 seconds, and hot on their heels were Elne Owen (first Junior Female) in third Nadia De Kock (second Junior female) in fourth. Overall, it had been a fantastic day of racing. And one thing I have noticed with events of this nature is that there are very few DNFs. These are definitely athletes who persevere and finish.

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RESULTS OLYMPIC DISTANCE

OPEN MEN

1. CRAIG ALERS 2. SEAN WELDON 3. MARK BARTOSCH

OPEN FEMALE

1. CINDY SCHWULST 2. NATALIE FOWLES 3. NICOLETTE INTRONA

TEAM OLYMPIC MEN

1. YOUTH & TOPPIES 2. THE CREW 3. GESH

VETERAN MEN

1. ANDRE VAN WYK 2. WARWICK ATTREE 3. RALF WITTROSKI

VETERAN FEMALE

1. CANDY BOONZAIER 2. SOPHIA WARREN 3. JANICE VAN WYK

OLYMPIC MIXED TEAM

1. ASC 46 2. B.M.T

SPRINT DISTANCE

OPEN MEN

1. LUKAS KAMPKOTTER 2. SEVASTIAN CZERNY 3. CLINTON GRAVETTE

OPEN FEMALE

1. CHENE KARSHAGEN 2. NATALIE LANGDON 3. NADIA MEISTRE

JUNIOR MALE

1. ANDREW SPANJAARD 2. NICO VAN ZYL 3. LEON DAVION

JUNIOR FEMALE

1. NICOLE VENTER 2. CRISTINA HEYWOOD 3. CHARNELLE DRAKE

Nicole Venter takes first in the J unior Female Sprint Distance category.

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RESULTS SPRINT MIXED TEAM

1. STONE HOUSE CAPITAL 2. SMARTSURV BORN TO RUN 3. REEVES

SPRINT MEN'S TEAM

1. EAST LONDON CYCLE 2. STIRLING STAFF 3. NSRI 2

SPRINT LADIES TEAM

1. SPLASH 2. BEACH BREAKERS 3. JALAPENO HOT

SPRINT JUNIOR MEN'S TEAM

1. JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT 2. THE LYNX

SPRINT JUNIOR LADIES TEAM

1. A CALENDAR GIRLS

SPRINT MIXED JUNIOR TEAM

1. SILENT NINJA’S

MINI DISTANCE

JUNIOR MALE

1. CLINT GERTZE 2. CAMERON FLANAGAN 3. RHYS POOVAN

JUNIOR FEMALE

Jarryd Introna pips Nkosibongile Kolo at the finish.

1. ELNE OWEN 2. NADIA DE KOCK 3. DANIEKE DE KOCK

OPEN FEMALE

1. ROXY WARD 2. TWANNE HARDING 3. RUTH SWART

OPEN MALE

1. TEARIN VAN DER MERWE 2. RYAN WARD 3. BRAD CLOETE

VETERAN FEMALE

1. CAROL CLOETE 2. MARILEEN DE WET

VETERAN MALE

1. JOHN PETZER 2. GARY FOUCHE

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