Local teacher retains world biathle-triathle championship titles

WORLD’S BEST: East London athlete Andrea Ranger recently competed in Indonesia at the Biathle-Triathle World Championships. Picture: SUPPLIED

East London’s Andrea Ranger has successfully defended her titles at this year’s UIPM Biathle-Triathle World Championships from November 2-5 in Bali, Indonesia, winning four gold medals.

Ranger was part of a contingent of 12 Buffalo City Modern Pentathlon Association (BCMPA) athletes who participated.

A teacher at Clarendon Prep School and a life-long runner, Ranger debuted at last year’s world championships and blew her competition out of the water in the masters 40+ category for individual biathle and triathle.

She has done it again for SA and claimed a first place with finishing times of 11:45 for biathle and 12:34 for triathle.

She also claimed gold medals for the triathle and biathle mixed relays with her partner Tiaan Rossouw from Gauteng. Ahead of the world championships, Ranger claimed the national titles at the SA Championships in Pretoria in September.

Ranger said it was an honour for her to represent the country and exciting to compete against the best in the world.

Across the age categories, SA was a dominant force claiming an incredible haul of 50 gold medals, some of which were achieved by fellow BCMPA athletes. The results include:

U11: Carter Palmer, team gold in biathle;

U13: Erin Weimann, team gold in both triathle and biathle; Lohan van Daalen, gold in individual biathle;

U15: Adam de Lange, team gold in biathle and triathle;

Masters 50+ men: Rodney Westgate achieved third Masters 50 individual Triathle; first individual Biathle; and gold in team biathle.


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