Pablo Dapena Gonzalez and Emma Pallant took the wins at the inaugural Challenge Cape Town triathlon, the first Challenge Family event ever held in Africa. The half-distance event consisted of a 1.9 km swim, 90 km bike and 21.1 km run.
Spain’s Dapena, the 2018 ITU long distance world champion, took the men’s race in a quick time of 3:46:48, edging out Australian Steven McKenna and local South African Matt Trautman. After leading by a minute out of the water, Dapena came off the bike with a group of six that included McKenna and Trautman, along with South Africans Kyle Buckingham, Bradley Weiss and former ITU world champion Tim Don.
Dapena then ran 1:11:23 to pull away for the victory, while McKenna clocked in at 1:12:52 to solidify second place in 3:48:13. Trautman rounded out the podium in 3:49:43.
- Pablo Dapena Gonzalez, ESP, 3:46:48
- Steven McKenna, AUS, 3:48:13
- Matt Trautman, ZAF, 3:49:43
- Kyle Buckingham, ZAF, 3:52:11
- Tim Don, GBR, 3:55:48
In the women’s race, Great Britain’s Pallant came off the bike in the lead alongside South Africa’s Annah Watkinson, but quickly asserted herself with a dominant run. A former track athlete and two-time world duathlon champion, Pallant put together a 1:20:48 half marathon to finish in a time of 4:14:50, over six minutes clear of Watkinson.
Watkinson took second in 4:21:19, while Pallant’s countrywoman Laura Siddall, who had the fastest bike split in the field at 2:19:54, was third in 4:24:22.
- Emma Pallant, GBR, 4:14:50
- Annah Watkinson, ZAF, 4:21:19
- Laura Siddall, GBR, 4:24:22
- Gillian Sanders, ZAF, 4:38:19
- Lauren Cannon, ZAF, 4:39:58