Namibia's Drikus Coetzee is very confident ahead of his Commonwealth
Games triathlon race taking place on Thursday afternoon. 'My last few
weeks' training and preparation have been very good, especially with the
good training conditions I've had in Wales during my training camp,' he
explained. 'I feel a lot more confident on my swim than I did even two
weeks ago when I competed in the European Cup in Wales,' he added.
European Cup has been the first event outside Africa for the young
Pretoria based triathlete where he finished 54th. For the upcoming
Glasgow 2014 race his aim is a top 30 finish. Coetzee highlighted that
the competition at the Games is extremely strong, with the favorites for
the race being Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee (ENG), with Richard
Murray (RSA) also standing a good chance. Alistair won the Hamburg
triathlon two weeks ago and is in top form.
Coetzee believes that
Murray also stands a good chance to surprise the favorites on the day.
Coetzee added, ‘Richard also has similar strengths to me. He’s got an
above average swim, but is usually not one of the first out of the
water. His cycling is his big strength, just as with me. My aim is to
stick with him during the swim and get out of the water at least in the
second group. I should then be able to get back up into a strong
position on the bike and this should secure me a good overall result.’
men’s triathlon race will take place on Thursday afternoon at 15:00 at
the Strathclyde Country Park south east of Glasgow, which is already an
established national triathlon venue. Currently the water in the
Strathclyde Loch is at 19.5 degrees, but with the current warm and sunny
temperatures in Glasgow the water can still heat up to above 20
degrees, which would mean that no wetsuits will be used during the race -
something Coetzee sees as an advantage to him for the 1500m swim. Roads
and paths surrounding the open water will then be used for the 40km
cycle and the 10km run.