Kuipers still hopeful ahead of African games despite coming fifth

Kuipers still hopeful ahead of African games despite coming fifth. Andie Kuipers is hoping to build on her performance at the 2024 Bonaqua Africa Triathlon Cup by participating in next events including the African Games. At the 16th edition of the event held on Saturday at the Troutbeck Resort in Nyanga. Kuipers came in fifth in the women’s section with a time of 1 hour and 19 minutes 31 seconds. The 21-year-old is one of the four triathletes chosen for Team Zimbabwe for the African Games and hopes to earn more points there in her bid to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The event also hosted a junior category race, where local juniors struggled, with Rohnan Nicholson and Callum Smith finishing sixth and seventh respectively in the Africa Junior Cup.

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This year, participation was reduced as some were wary of a cholera outbreak, which so far has been contained in the country. Kuipers is the Paris 2024 Olympics hopeful from Zimbabwe and was using the triathlon to prepare for the African games to be held next month in Ghana. She was also hoping to build on her performance at the Bonaqua Africa Triathlon Cup, where she sought to improve on her form and ratings despite coming fifth. Elizabeth Carr from Ireland emerged winner in the elite women in 1 hour 12 minutes 7 seconds and the elite men’s title went to Ayan Beisenbayev of Kazakhstan with a time of 1 hour 3 minutes 59 seconds.

Bonaqua triathlon a showcase for talent and networking

The Bonaqua Africa Triathlon Cup has long been a platform for showcasing athletes’ talent and for creating sustainable networks to further and support their respective careers. The event is an important part of the World Triathlon rankings points system, which is critical for elite, Under-23, and junior development categories. The event’s history is rich in providing a platform for higher levels of competition. Numerous sponsors including the title sponsor, Coca-Cola through the Bonaqua water brand, have been involved in supporting the event. The Coca-Cola franchise’s marketing portfolio activations manager Zimbabwe Barry Otieno said that the brand is proud to be associated with the event and committed to supporting sports and healthy lifestyles.


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