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Tough going in Tongyeong for SA’s Radford

By Mark Etheridge

Highs and lows are part and parcel of sport and Saturday’s Tongyeong World Cup triathlon in Korea delivered disappointment for South Africa’s Anel Radford.
After a fine fourth spot at the Asian Cup event in Hong Kong a week before, Radford could only manage 28th spot.
The winner was American Summer Cook in 59 min. 43 sec. over the 750-metre swim, 20km bike and 5km run.
Runner-up was Japan’s Ai Ueda 11 seconds later and Cook’s US teammate, Renee Tomlin, took bronze in 1:00:15.
But Radford has another chance to right matters when she wraps up her racing year in Japan this weekend.
The Australian-based athlete clocked 1:03:14.
Analysing her race, Radford said: ‘I had a good start to the swim and had clear water for the first 200m. As a group to my left and right came together it got pretty rough and I struggled to get into a good position.
‘From then on I was just stuck in the middle of chaos, going nowhere. I tried to get around it to find clear water but it never lasted for more than a couple of strokes.
‘There was a strong current and it was choppy, so maybe that played a part in the way the groups moved – all in all a very strange (and frustrating) swim!
‘A group of four of us were stuck between the front pack and the rest of the field.
We kept the gap constant to the leaders throughout the bike and came close to closing the gap a couple of times but just couldn’t quite get there. Now I’m looking forward to having another chance to get it right next weekend in Japan.’

Picture of the start of the women’s race courtesy of Delly Curr/ITU Media


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