The final event of the 2012 Durban Multisport Series drew a record crowd to Durban's beachfront, with over 450 athletes entering into the various events. Athletes travelled from around South Africa, to take part in this prestigious and exciting event, which uses Durban's golden mile as the race course.
Athletes were met with warm but windy conditions as well a very choppy and unsettled sea. However 22 Rookie triathletes took to the water for their 100m swim, which saw them do a short but safe in and out swim course. 135 Sprint Triathletes took to the choppy seas to complete their 300m out and back swim race and the Olympic Triathletes had a tough swim, with them completing a 1.5km swim course, running parallel with the Suncoast beach. Youngster Tyler O'Conner managed to just hold off Don Kruger and Guy Watchurst to win the Men's sprint Triathlon. In the ladies sprint triathlon, Nicole Brits took a strong lead and won by 3 minutes, ahead of Mikaela Jonson with Rhode Snyman claiming 3rd place. In the Sprint Duathlon race, Johan Pretorius claimed his second win in a row, with Daniel Feldmann claiming the woman's duathlon.
In the Olympic Triathlon, Team swimmer Henri Schoeman came out the water first, with Sean King behind trailing by 2min. But the excitement came, when Donavan Van Gelder, who recently won the Midlands Ultra Triathlon, exited the water 1 second ahead of Brad Venter, who has already claimed 2 first place spots in the 2012 series. This duo was set for an epic battle along Durban's beachfront. Brad and Don rode the tough 42km bike course closely, battling the 35km per hr south-easter wind. Brad Came off the bike 5 seconds ahead of Don and the stage was set for a fast and furious 10km run race. In the ladies Olympic race, JHB athlete Carol Reeves came out the water just ahead of local athlete Lauren Dougall. However Lauren managed to put 2min into Carol over the 42km bike route and came of the bike with a 2min lead. Carol chased hard over the 4 lap 10km run route, but Lauren managed to hold onto her lead claiming the first place prize.
In the men's Olympic triathlon race, Donavan and Brad were running side by side until the last 2.5km lap. Brad put the hammer down at the turn to test Donavan and expecting him to go with him, but Donavan couldn't and Brand managed to sneak away to claim his 3rd WIN in the Series and claim his 3rd win in the 2012 Durban Multisport Series.
Pic : Brad Venter