James Edgar has followed up his bronze in Maselspoort with another third place, this time over standard distance at the Africa Triathlon Premium Cup Nelson Mandela Bay.
A competitive men’s field saw Edgar ranked ninth on the start line alongside a number of Olympians and seasoned professionals. James recounted how his race unfolded to Triathlon Ireland, saying, “It was a good race for me the entire way through. Super rough sea swim with two laps of 750m and Aussie exits being a big decider on both laps for position.”
Exiting the water with the front pack, Edgar worked with a group throughout to secure a top position heading onto the run; “I Had a strong group of ten working really well on the bike together and getting the gap up to 2:40 at the end of 40k.”
James ran an impressive 31:56 for 10k off the bike and moved up the field to come home third, his second international podium in just a few weeks.
“A solid run into third place and very happy to back up my results from a few weeks ago in Maselspoort with another podium. Hopefully more of the same next week when we head to Namibia to race on Saturday followed by Zimbabwe the following weekend, then I finally get to make a trip home after two successful months on the road.”
Full results are available on triathlon.org.
Meanwhile, Ian Manthey and Erin McConnell were in action at the Elite Europe Triathlon Cup Melilla. Manthey suffered a crash on the bike and was unable to continue, however he was thankfully uninjured.
McConnell had a positive swim, exiting the water in 4th, however, lost time on the bike. She managed to finish the race with a strong run, for 26th overall.
Donnacha McCarthy and Sean Husband claimed 4th in the PTVI Men’s World Triathlon Para Series, continuing a strong start to their season together.
Edgar turns his focus on Africa Triathlon Cup Swakopmund in Namibia, a Sprint distance race. He then joins Erin McConnell and Shannon Kelly in Zimbabwe for the Africa Triathlon Cup Troutbeck, a Sprint distance race at altitude with a tough hilly bike.
Meanwhile, Manthey and White will head to Quarteira next week for the Elite Men’s Europe Triathlon Cup Quarteira, Olympic distance.