Ackermann, de la Porte and Nortje race Tongyeong sprint World Cup

Three South African triathletes took to the southern coast of South Korea’s countryside to race the Tongyeong triathlon World Cup. In the women’s race, New Zealand based Simone Ackermann was among the 46 to toe the startline. Diving into a wetsuit-legal 750m swim, Ackermann found herself just 15 seconds off the leaders out of the water, swimming a 09:49. Working with the group on the hilly 20km cycle course, Ackermann caught the leaders on the bike and continued to work with the group to complete her cycle leg in a time of 31:48. Out onto the 5km run course, she unfortunately lost some time to the leaders, nevertheless finishing in a well-placed 23rd position in a run time of 19:13 and overall time of 1:02:01.

Ben de la Porte on the Tongyeong Sprint World Cup cycle course. Image from triathlon.org

In the men’s race, Ben de la Porte and Dylan Nortjé had a hard swim, just missing the front pack out of the first transition onto the cycle course. De la Porte swam a 09:34 and Nortjé a 09:38. With a 29:44 and 29:42 respectively, de la Porte and Nortjé cycled together into transition 2, in an immense effort all the while to make up time on the cycle. With hard riding in their legs, it was going to be tough to get good running splits. De la Porte completed the 5km run in a time of 16:19, placing him 50th in an overall time of 56:46. Nortjé finished his run in a time of 17:40 which gave him 58th place and a finishing time of 58:08.