The 2023 Africa Triathlon Cup concluded on Sunday in the picturesque Coastal Town of Kilifi, Kenya. German athlete Jasper Ortfeld and Austrian competitor Lisa Perterer emerged as the men’s and women’s champions, respectively. The event witnessed the participation of 30 athletes representing 15 nations, making it a truly international competition.
The challenging triathlon kicked off with a 750-meter swim in the Indian Ocean, followed by a demanding 20-kilometer cycling leg, and culminated with a strenuous 5-kilometer run. Ortfeld showcased exceptional skill and endurance, securing victory in the elite men’s race with an impressive time of one hour, one minute, and 22 seconds. Austrian athlete Leon Pauger claimed the second position, while Mohamed El Shafei of Egypt secured the third spot on the podium.
In the women’s race, Lisa Perterer led the Austrian charge by clinching the top spot, closely followed by her compatriot Tanja Stroschneider. The third position was secured by Antoanela Manac of Romania, resulting in an all-European podium for the women’s competition.
Reflecting on his triumph, Ortfeld shared, “The turning point was when I attacked on the run. It’s a beautiful venue, a beautiful country.” His sentiments echoed the sentiments of many participants who appreciated the stunning backdrop of the Coastal Town of Kilifi.
Mohamed El Shafei expressed his excitement about competing in Kenya, stating, “It was my first time here in Kenya… first medal for Egypt in a continental cup here in Kenya.” El Shafei’s achievement marked a significant milestone for Egypt in the triathlon arena.
Tanja Stroschneider, the women’s runner-up, highlighted the strategic aspect of the race, saying, “I knew from last year that it was going to be very, very hot, so I knew I have to race smart… surviving on the run in the heat.” Her acknowledgment of the challenging conditions underscored the physical and mental fortitude required to excel in the competition.
The 2023 Africa Triathlon Cup showcased the athletic prowess of competitors from diverse nations and celebrated the spirit of sportsmanship and determination. The event’s success in Kenya adds another chapter to the global triathlon landscape, with Kilifi leaving a lasting impression as a premier destination for future competitions.