Rio Olympic Qualifier, Sub 30 Run and 7th in Yokohama

With my form leading up into the race I was very excited to race Yokohama and see what kind of performance I could deliver. I’m pleased with my 7th but once again slightly disappointed because I allowed 4 positions to slip in the final kilometer. Nevertheless I gave it my all. 

 I’m really excited that I have qualified for my first Olympics in Rio! The two year qualification period demanded good results and consistency. I also had a breakthrough run at 29:57 for 10km. My first sub 30 10km is something I have been working very hard at with my coach Joe Schoeman.  I tried the new Asics Gel Hyperspeed racing flat shoe and they felt amazing on my feet, light, responsive and comfortable. 

I swam well and I biked well considering I was conserving my energy as it was going to be a fast running race. I made sure I was up towards the front going into T2 off the bike as it’s something I have struggled with in past races.

This Set me up for a good position on the run. I lacked some faster leg speed in the final 500m and had to settle for 7th, only meters from a podium finish.

I am now 5th on the WTS Ranking which I’m very chuffed about! 

I will take a well deserved break this week. Spend some quality time with my girlfriend before the real training for Rio begins. I’m very excited knowing where my form is and what I need to tweak leading into the olympics come August.

A special thank you to all those that have supported and believed in me over the years to reach one of my dreams. Family, girlfriend, and friends. My sponsors for backing me up with the best equipment, nutrition and facilities – FINIS ; HUUB Wetsuits ; Prime High Performance Institute ; Swift Carbon ; ASICS ; Cytomax. 

Photography : Jo Kleindl

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