Sipho Hobane Ndlovu reflects on racing in the Age-Group Duathlon Championships Aviles

By | 02 Dec, 2021

7th November 2021, still feels like yesterday and the memory of the 2021 World Triathlon Duathlon Championships Aviles will forever be etched in my mind. The weather was not so good when I arrived in Spain on the 4th November, 2021, it was pouring and I was just asking myself how on earth am I going to brave the elements. Luckily the awful weather did not last long it was over on the 5th.

The events leading up to the race included race registration, a run course recce and watching the elites and under 23 races. Watching some of my role models racing was a surreal experience, I also managed to have a picture taken with Emilio Martinez a Spanish Elite athlete whom I have watched race on a number of occasions on various sport channels and YouTube.

Race day finally arrived; this was a dream come true for me. I quickly had a mental run-through of all the sacrifices I had made leading up to this auspicious occasion. I was finally representing my beautiful country Zimbabwe on the world stage and writing my name in the history books an honour which I was not taking lightly. I was sure of one thing, that I was going to give my best and to finish the race. After the gun went everything went by so quickly, I have never pushed myself so hard on the run mainly because I was not sure I could, however I was able to push the envelope of my performance which I am happy about.

The bike ride was fast and the second run was when all the training paid off. I finished 20th out of the 21 athletes in my age group a result which I am very pleased with, for two reasons:
1. I had proved to myself that I can race on the world stage and finish the race.
2. I had learned all the lessons necessary to thicken my resolve to go back to the drawing board and work on my weakness, mostly on the bike.

One major highlight of this whole race was that the adage “It takes a village to raise a child” came alive through the support that I received from Triathlon Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwean community and all the wonderful people who donated to my GoFund me page. I was racing for all these people who had put their trust and support in me and there was no way I was going to let them down. Not forgetting the friends that I managed to make at the event.

I am looking forward to next season and training for the next competitions, this was just the tip of the iceberg. I hope my story will inspire Zimbabweans to pursue their dreams unrelentingly particularly athletes to take challenges as crucibles that are molding them to be the best version of themselves.
_Sipho Hobane Ndlovu (ZIM)

Review the race results online.




Related Event: 2021 World Triathlon Duathlon Championships Aviles
06 - Nov, 2021 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Nathan Guerbeur FRA 01:45:28
2. Maxime Hueber-Moosbrugger FRA 01:45:34
3. Arnaud Dely BEL 01:45:53
4. Vincent Bierinckx BEL 01:46:08
5. Angelo Vandecasteele BEL 01:46:24
6. Jawad Abdelmoula MAR 01:47:09
7. Liam Lloyd GBR 01:47:36
8. Emilio Martin ESP 01:47:49
9. Laurens Verluyten BEL 01:47:59
10. Carlos Javier Quinchara Forero COL 01:48:01
Results: Elite Women
1. Joselyn Daniely Brea Abreu TRI 02:00:19
2. Ai Ueda JPN 02:00:30
3. Marion Legrand FRA 02:00:41
4. Guadalupe Jazmin Aguilar Corona MEX 02:00:51
5. Melanie Maurer SUI 02:00:56
6. Garance Blaut FRA 02:01:00
7. María Varo Zubiri ESP 02:01:06
8. Luisa Daniela Baca Vargas MEX 02:01:38
9. Sinem Francisca Tous Servera ESP 02:02:07
10. Olivia Mitchell GBR 02:02:20
Results: U23 Men
1. Stef Corthouts BEL 01:48:01
2. Joan Wäger Pons ESP 01:48:21
3. Victor Emmanuel Zambrano Gonzalez MEX 01:48:24
4. Thomas Cremers NED 01:49:58
5. Andrea Alagona SUI 01:50:28
6. Nabil Kouzkouz MAR 01:50:33
7. Thibaut De Smet BEL 01:50:42
8. Alexis Lherieau SUI 01:51:35
9. Dorian Horsten NED 01:51:54
10. Matthijs Weijkamp NED 01:51:55
Results: U23 Women
3. Marina Muñoz Hernando ESP 02:07:36
2. Laura Swannet BEL 02:06:01
1. Luisa Daniela Baca Vargas MEX 02:01:38
Results: Junior Men
1. Ben Cumberland GBR 00:50:23
2. Wout Ghielens BEL 00:50:35
3. Simon Martin BEL 00:50:42
4. Alberto Bartolomeo Demarchi ITA 00:50:51
5. Martin Oldenhove BEL 00:50:54
6. Mischa Hermans NED 00:50:58
7. João Dias POR 00:51:03
8. Christian Dias Prell POR 00:51:07
9. Nicolás Heredero Carazo ESP 00:51:09
10. Henry James GBR 00:51:11
Results: Junior Women
1. Monika Bartol SLO 00:58:33
2. Maja Wąsik POL 00:59:23
3. Eleonora Demarchi ITA 00:59:59
4. Dominika Peszleg HUN 01:01:06
5. Rachele Laschi ITA 01:01:45
6. Lucia Acosta Suarez ESP 01:03:03
7. Alice Perjoiu ROU 01:03:19
8. Emma Ada Middleditch SGP 01:04:56
9. Luisa Miranda POR 01:07:25
10. Andrielly Duarte BRA 01:12:04