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The triathlon had over 160 entrants, well exceeding last year’s number of 120. Otb Sport, the event organisers, said they were delighted with the turn out and believe triathlon in Namibia to be in a growth stage, reflecting the international trend. Otb Sport thanked MTN Business, whose representatives were present at the event, for their generous sponsorship without which this scale and calibre of event would not be possible.
Tokkie Bombosch was the overall winner of the full event and winner of the over 40 category. He completed the 1.2km swim, 22.4km hilly off-road cycle and 8.7km bush run in a time of 2h14. Tokkie Bombosch is a seasoned triathlete who has won the Namibian National Triathlon Championsips, Mariental and Old Mutual Ultra Triathlon numerous times and represented Namibia at national level for cycling and triathlon, including the Commonwealth Games. He said of the event: "It is very encouraging to see the re-birth of triathlon in Namibia. Particularly good to see such a strong representation in the Rookie and Kids categories, with a strong family element after the event. It bodes well for the future of triathlon, particularly off-road. Well done to OTB Sport and MTN!” Andy Chase was the winner of the U39 category in a time of 2h25. The first female to cross the line was Elke Jagau in a time of 2h42.
The first male team to cross the line in the full event was the Otb Sport team. Otb Sport Team completed the course in a time of 2h00. Mark Brinkmann was the swimmer, Heiko Redeker the cyclist (2008 Junior National Championship winner and third in last years Nedbank Cycle Classic) and Frans Hosea the runner (winner of last year’s Old Mutual Victory Race Series). The mixed winning team comprised Tristan Mc Donald as swimmer, Dennis Mc Donald as cyclist and Helena Ipinge as runner. They completed the course in a time of 2h20. The Female team category was won by team Smart in a time of 2h43 and comprised of Martina Buckendorf (swimmer), Ziggy Bassingthwaighte (cyclist) and Marnie Dannhauser (runner).
The rookie event comprised of a 600m swim, a 10km cycle and a 4.4km run. Overall winner and first male U39 was Pierre van Rensburg in a time of 1h06. Winner of the over 40 male category was Max Shaffer in a time of 1h25. Winner of the female rookie U39 was Marguerite De Villiers in a time of 1h19. Berrit Graf won the over 40 category in a time of 1h43.
The U12 event which comprised a 300m swim, a 5km off-road cycle and 2.9km run was won by Herbert Peters in a time of 0h38 and the female U12 by Kia Borg in a time of 1h03.