Thrilling debut for Belgian newcomer to Africa event, Brits dominate in women’s section
THE heat of the day and even hotter competition saw the gruelling Standard Bank Ironman African Championship with more than 2 000 athletes play out before thousands of cheering spectators in a carnival-like atmosphere in Port Elizabeth yesterday.
The 11th instalment of the ultimate test of human endurance attracted 2 043 competitors to the city, which came alive to the sounds of African drums and shouting spectators who turned out in force on the beachfront.
Although the maximum temperature was 24C, the absence of a breeze had athletes and spectators sweltering. Despite standing for hours, the onlookers did not lose any enthusiasm, erupting in cheers as each athlete made the transition between the 3.8km swim, 180.2km cycle and 42.2km run.
-Tremaine van Aardt
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