In the absence of the current World Champion and World Triathlon Series leader, Gwen Jorgensen, her fellow countrywomen Katie Zaferes and Sarah True will try to continue the American domination at the Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town this Saturday. Zaferes is currently second in the ITU World Triathlon Series after finishing on the podium in all three races this year. Jorgensen has not lost a race in the last eight events on the World Triathlon Series.
Zaferes finished second in Abu Dhabi and Auckland. The 25-year-old Zaferes’ biggest competition will come from True – formerly known as Groff – who is currently fourth in the WTS and finished second at the WTS Gold Coast. Zaferes finished third in this race.
While these two Americans are the odds on favourites for the race on Saturday, they will make a big mistake to underestimate Flora Duffy from Bermuda, who just might be the dark horse on the day. Duffy is the current Xterra (off road triathlon) World Champion and like Jorgensen is dominating the tar, Duffy is unbeatable on the dirt. Duffy finished third in the first race of the WTS season and fifth at the Gold Coast.
Duffy is partly based in Stellenbosch and has become a big favourite among the locals. South Africa’s hope for a good performance will rest on the shoulders of youngster Anel Radford and veteran Gillian Sanders. The other South Africans in the race are Carlyn Fischer, Mari Rabie and Vicky Van Der Merwe.
One hundred and thirteen elite triathletes from 80 countries will participate in the Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town. This will be the fourth event in the ten city tour, which finishes in Chicago later this year. It is only the second time that a leg of the ITU World Triathlon Series will be hosted on the African continent, with the finish at the brand new Green Point Athletics Stadium – the first international event to finish at the venue.
The swim leg of the race will take place at Quay 6 at the V & A Waterfront. The Elite Women’s race will take place on Saturday, 25 April from 14:55 until 17:15, and the Elite Men at the same times on Sunday, 26 April. Participants have the option to enter either the Sprint or Olympic distance and para-triathletes (PT2 – PT5) can enter the Sprint event.
Team relays for both distances are also on the schedule and entrants can participate from the age of 11. The Sprint distance includes a 500m swim, a 20km cycle and a 5km run. The Olympic distance includes a 1 500m swim, a 40km cycle and a 10km run.
The minimum age for the Olympic individual is 18 and for teams, 16. Schools are also welcome to enter teams in this special category. Late entries will still be accepted.