Tristan wins another gold medal for Namibia at AG
23 Aug 2019 18:20pm
RABAT, 23 AUG (NAMPA) Tristan de Lange won another gold medal for team Namibia during the Men's Final Mountain Bike Marathon which had two loops of 30 kilometres at the VTT Sports Centre in Benslimane
His teammate Alex Miller won a bronze medal for team Namibia at the African Games currently underway in Morocco.
Team Namibia had four riders competing in the finals of the Mountain Bike marathon.
De Lange, Miller and Yannick Lincoln of Mauritius broke off from the rest of the riders at the end of the first lap but Tristan kept a very high pace and left the chasing riders.
Tristan came to the sprint line 11 seconds ahead Lincoln who finished second and Miller was more than seven minutes behind in third position while his teammate Xavier Papo who crushed during the race but dusted himself off finished in fourth spot.
De Lange completed the two loops which was a 60 km race in one hour 53 minutes and 11 second (1:53:11) while Miller came third in a time of 2:01:03.
Lincoln of Mauritius finished second in a time of 1:53:22 while Xavier came fourth in a time of 2:01:07.
Another Namibian rider Danzel de Koe finished ninth out of the 25 riders that competed in the event on the day. He crossed the line in a time of 2:05:51.
Speaking to Nampa after the race De Lange said he was happy to be crowned an African champion as his hard work is paying off.
I still cant believe that I won two gold medals for the country at the African Games but I am happy that the time I have put in working has finally paid off. I now turn my attention to the road ahead which will really be tough because of strong road race riders from South Africa and Eretria, he said.