Triathlon Zimbabwe held their second Triathlon of the 2020 – 2021 season at the Mount Pleasant swimming pool on Sunday. This was their third event following the kick-off Duathlon event held in August at Donnybrook. Conditions could not have been more different to the Donnybrook event where searing temperatures replaced the icy wind from the race-track event.

COVID19 precautions were enhanced from lessons learnt from the first event held two weeks ago and Tri-Zim was pleased with the cooperation they received from both athletes and spectators alike. The measures master-minded by Rick Fulton ensured that social distancing and flow were maximised in line with stipulated regulations from the SRC.

A good turnout of athletes braved the warm weather to compete at the event with the long bike course in play for certain races. Preliminary results were posted yesterday.
The standard distance event which involves a gruelling 1500m swim, a 40KM bike ride and a 10KM run was completed by Stuart Gemmill in a time of two hours, twenty one minutes and forty five seconds.
The selection sprint event which involves a 750m swim, a 20KM bike ride and a 5KM run were won by Jordyn Jacobs in the male category in a time of one hour, four minutes and forty-eight seconds.
Mikayla Colegrave took the honours in the womens selection sprint event in a time of one hour, nine minutes and fifty four seconds.
Age-group sprint winners were Paul Denslow ( 1: 11:41) in the male category and Greer Wynn (1:11:23) in the women’s race.

The corporate challenge event kicked off on Sunday with CIMAS team coming second to “Tri-Something” team with iGo 2 coming in third and iGo1 coming in fourth. A commendable effort from all who mostly had never competed in a Triathlon before. All enjoyed the exhilaration of competing and meeting the challenge ! Triathlon Zimbabwe would like to see other company’s compete in this team-building opportunity.
Other distances including the popular “ Tri-Kidz and Tri-Sports and Tri-Fun categories were well supported and over one hundred and twenty athletes competed in a week where International Triathlon Union rebranded to become “ World Triathlon”.
The entity which governs most multisport events worldwide unveiled a new look logo and vision for Triathlon and it’s multi-sport derivatives last week. World Triathlon as it is now known was established over thirty-one years ago and Zimbabwe has been an active member for about 30 years.
In a press release announcing the change World Triathlon said “Our sport is all about pushing boundaries while respecting the landscape and environment. The next essential points of balance defined in our new look: Earth, Air, Water.”
All five continental federations including Africa have adopted the identity transformation and Zimbabwe will follow suit in some form in due course.

Credit: Triathlon Zimbabwe President Mr Dave Ellis

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