Government, TNM and Mizu Foundation have described the experimental triathlon that took place at Cape Maclear in Mangochi last weekend as a great success.
The event was sponsored by TNM who pumped in K8 million, but was organised by Mizu Foundation.
“We never expected this success considering that it was happening in the country for the first time. But I have to say I am impressed with the zeal demonstrated by athletes and also the patronage,” said Jameson Ndalama director in the Ministry of Sports and Culture.
Driving to Cape Maclear can be difficult enough considering the terrain and the state of the road which is bad, but hundreds of athletes and visitors were not deterred by these conditions as they went to participate in the first-ever triathlon at the tourism resort some 50 kilometres from Mangochi Boma.
More than 200 athletes began their day with a 10-kilometre run on Saturday, then they headed out on a two-kilometre swim which was followed by a 20-kilometre bike ride covering the treacherous terrain that surrounds Cape Maclear. Then later in the day there was canoe racing.
It was hectic and fun at the same time as locals competed with international athletes.
In individual triathlon, Edwald Archibard came first while Lee Standed was his runner-up.Vincent Barber finished third.
In teams’ category, Kayal Africa emerged winners, Funky Team were second and Billy’s Clinic were third.
Prizes ranged from trophies, cash and mobile phones provided by TNM.
TNM communications and sponsorship manager Limbani Nsapato also described the event as a success.
“As sponsors we are happy with the organisation and the spirit of competition demonstrated here. It was fun and people enjoyed the event. We are happy to have been associated with the triathlon.”
Mizu Foundation creative director Jamu Kaunda thanked government and TNM for supporting the event.
“We also are grateful to the participants and those who came to grace this event. It really has been a success,” he said