South African teen sensation, Kira Ribbink, has successfully defended her junior women’s elite title at the 2021 Bonaqua Africa Triathlon Cup while compatriot, Anika Visser, claimed second position for a podium finish in her maiden international competition at Troutbeck in Zimbabwe.
Fellow South Africans, Hannah Newman and Bridget Theunissen, also dominated the senior women’s elite competition, producing a one-two finish.
The start list of the junior women’s event was a thriller and lived up to expectations.
After their podium finishes at the 2021 African Triathlon Championship in Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt in June, Ribbink and Zimbabwe’s Makanaka Mawere once again competed against each other in the junior women’s event.
Mawere – who finished 7th in last year’s competition, finished third with an improved time of 1 hour 27 minutes 31 seconds.
Fresh from the World Triathlon Championship, where she finished 31st, South African Hannah Newman won the senior women’s elite race in a time of 1 hour 13 minutes 11 seconds.
Newman was closely followed by 20-year-old Bridget Theunissen who finished second, making it a first and second-place finish for the South African ladies.
After a 15-year absence from the competition, 45-year old Zimbabwean Greer Wynn will be glad with her return to competition at Troutbeck, finishing third in the senior women’s elite race.
The 14th edition of the Triathlon Cup was held under strict COVID-19 protocols.
Photo Caption: Kira Ribbink has successfully defended her junior women’s elite title at the 2021 Bonaqua Africa Triathlon Cup, ahead of compatriot Anike Visser in second, and Zimbabwe’s Makanaka Mawere in third place. File Photo: Kira Ribbink (Facebook)