South African triathletes had a field day in the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships in Alabama, United States at the weekend, writes Mark Etheridge.
The man they call the “Caveman”, Conrad Stoltz won the overall title in 2hr 12min 11sec, holding off American Craig Evans (2:12:58) and Christopher Legh of Australia (2:14:11) to take gold.
Then in the men’s junior race another South Africa Bradly Schuit took gold (56:12) and he was joined by yet another South African, Bradley Weiss, who won the Under-23 division in 2:11:23, the fastest time of all the age-group racers.
And just to make it a truly memorable day for the South Africans, Carla van Huyssteen took bronze in the elite women’s category.
She clocked 2:28:34 as Britain’s Lesley Paterson (2:24:39) and Melanie McQuaid of Canada (2:27:15) took gold and silver.
It’s Stoltz’s second World Championships win on the trot after winning the inaugural title in Spain last year.
ÔÇ£I am really really proud,” Stoltz told the www.triathlon.org website.┬á ÔÇ£It is something to achieve so I am really proud to do this for my country. I didn’t realize I was making gaps as big as that on the bike,ÔÇØ said Stoltz. ÔÇ£Normally I really wouldn’t consider this my course because I am so tall. I don’t see myself as the king of corners.ÔÇØ
Said Van Huyssteen afterwards: “I didn’t know what to expect coming into the race and the podium was my ultimate goal. I’m really, really happy with my race.ÔÇØ