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Du Plessis looks firm favourite to take series

With one race left in the national Momentum Health i-flex National Duathlon Series, Brand Du Plessis is sitting pretty at the top of the overall log standings.

Du Plessis has raced in all five races, which is the reason for his commanding lead. In 2009 the 32-year-old from Sasolburg had been totally dominant in the series. This year however is a different matter. Du Plessis battled with flu for a long period in the beginning of the year and has missed out on a lot of training, hence not coming into the series in the same shape as in 2009.

His focus has also shifted towards the latter stages of 2010 and he has upped his mileage in training for the 70.3 in January next year. Du Plessis finished second at the last race in Giba Gorge on 15 August behind the Xterra athlete Lieuwe Boonstra.

Boonstra has missed one race and that is costing him as overall his performances per event are on the whole better than du Plessis. The one race missed means Boonstra is trailing du Plessis by 17 points; unless Du Plessis has an ÔÇ£absolute shockerÔÇØ in the final, Boonstra will not be able to surpass him.

Nadia Pretorius leads the women’s standings ahead of Carla Van Huysteen by a whopping 22 points. Pretorius is the only athlete who has competed in five races and that is counting heavily in her favour.

The overall winner of the series pockets R10 000 prize money