Kyle’ s career looks good after remarkable race

Neale Emslie

THAT Kyle Buckingham was out on his bike for two hours yesterday, the day after finishing the SpecSavers Ironman SA in a remarkable seventh place, was a clear signal that if anything stands in his way of becoming a professional, it is not going to be a lack of dedication or commitment.

Buckingham, 29, was not only the first age- group athlete home, he was the first South African to cross the line, finishing in eight hours, 34 minutes, 34 seconds, ahead of SA professionals Kent Horner (eighth among the top 10 pros) and Michael Davidson (10th).

Experienced Port Elizabeth triathlete Alec Riddle, who assisted Buckingham with part of his training, described his effort as phenomenal and said it underlined his talent.

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