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Brand, Andrea on top

If there were any question marks around form or jet lag hanging over Andrea Steyn or Brand Du Plessis after their return from the World Duathlon Championships, these were quickly dispelled with convincing wins in the final of the Momentum Health Teavigo Duathlon Series in Potchefstroom.

The men’s opening 5km run was fast, with a big group setting a furious pace. In that group the Series leader Brand Du Plessis, Jason Spong, David Labuschagne, Johan Pretorius (a former 1500m runner with a 3:39 to his name) and Bryce Vegas.

Du Plessis was able to open a gap before the transition to the bike, but was caught 10km into the bike leg by Jason Spong. The two shared the work- load and pulled away from the rest of the field.

On the final 2.5km run leg Du Plessis’ incredible running came to the fore and he was able to open a 14sec lead on Spong to win his seventh race of the Series.

Only Stuart Marais prevented Du Plessis from recording a clean sweep in the 8-legged series, defeating him in KwaZulu-Natal on September 6.

Du Plessis’ final points tally was 159 out of a possible 160, way ahead of second placed Stuart Marais on 108 points Du Plessis’ performance earned him four bonus points.

In the women’s race, Andrea Steyn was clearly boyed by her sixth place finish at the World Championships and romped home comfortably to bag her fifth win in the seven races she competed in.

Only Carla Germishuys was able to trump the HPC physiotherapist on two occasions, and that due to her superior mountain biking skills as the two races featured a mountain bike leg as opposed to a road bike.

Steyn crossed the line in 1:27:31 with Rhode Snyman second in 1:28:50. An impressive performance by Carlyn Fisher saw the junior finish third overall (1:31.28).

1 Brand Du Plessis            1:13:44
2 Jason Spong                1:13:58
3 David Labuschagne            1:15:56

1 Andrea Steyn                1:27:31
2 Rhode Snyman                1:28:50
3 Carlyn Fisher                1:31:28