James Edgar has secured a career best International win at the 2023 Africa Triathlon Cup Troutbeck. This weekend’s success signals the end of a solid four race block for James in which he has been on the podium three times.
Earning bronze at both Maselspoort and Nelson Mandela Bay, James’ bid for three in a row was halted last week at Swakopmund African Cup when he was forced to pull up due to a foot injury.
Topping the Podium
The Troutbeck African Cup takes place at 2000m altitude on a tough and hilly sprint distance course.
After putting in a strong swim and bike combination James Edgar sealed his gold medal with a blistering 15:43 for five kilometres, the only athlete to go sub 16 minutes for the run split. Dylan Nortje (RSA) and Jorge Alarcon Familiar (MEX) were second and third respectively.
The string of three results will see James progress up the World Rankings, something that is all important during the current Olympic qualification period and ahead of the European Championships this summer. Performance Director Gordon Crawford;
“What a great way to finish an excellent training camp in Africa. James has had a great camp and delivered the best racing of his career to date. Great to see James move up the ranking and position himself for the championship races in June.”
In the women’s event, Erin McConnell and Shannon Kelly completed in ninth and tenth position respectively. For full results see triathlon.org.