Coetzee hits personal target at Commonwealth Games

25 Jul 2014 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 25 JUL (NAMPA) – Namibian triathlete Drikus Coetzee achieved his personal target of finishing in the top 30 at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday.
A media statement availed to Nampa on Wednesday by officials attending the Games quoted Coetzee as saying he aims to finish in the top 30 of the 47 athletes taking part in the triathlon at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
On Thursday, he finished the race in 25th position.
A statement availed to this news agency Friday said Coetzee's race strategy did not work out as planned, as he finished the swim three minutes behind the main group and started the bike leg in 27th position. As a result, he was not able to fully utilise his strong cycling skills, as he ended up a lonely fighter with just two companions, and was therefore unable to match the speed of the main group of 20 riders who opened up the time gap ahead of them.
“Up at the front of the race the Brownlee brothers from England, who were the pre-race favourites, put on the pressure from the start and finished the swim in a lead group of four. During the cycle leg, South Africa’s Henri Schoeman dropped back after a crash and Marc Austin wasn't able to keep up the pace set by the two brothers. With a comfortable one minute lead the Brownlee brothers headed onto the run, confident to determine the gold medal winner between the two of them,” quotes the statement.
Coetzee, who received a scholarship from the International Triathlon Union (ITU) to further develop his talent, will be travelling to Hungary on Monday where he will be training with the ITU development team and will then compete in the World Cup race on 10 August this year.
“Glasgow was only the second race outside Africa I've participated in, after competing in the European Cup two weeks ago. I am confident that today's performance and my experience gained here in Glasgow is a great foundation from where I can take my performance to the next level,” said Coetzee.
He added that he is now looking forward to the 2016 triathlon World Cup race which will be hosted in Australia, where he will be competing against 120 of the world’s best triathletes.
The Glasgow 2014 triathlon results are as follows:
Men:
1. Alistair Brownlee (ENG)
2. Jonathan Brownlee (ENG)
3. Richard Murray (SA)
25. Drikus Coetzee (NAM)
Women:
1. Jodie Stimpson (ENG)
2. Kirsten Sweetland (CAN)
3. Vicky Holland (ENG)
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