Brown set for London triathlon championships

LAURELLE Brown, promising Zimbabwean female triathlete, will represent the country at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Junior Women’s World Championships event to be held in London on September 12.

SHANNON WILSON

Brown is the reigning 2012 Junior Sportswoman of the Year and has upped her preparations for the event by going for training at the ITU Development Under-23 and Junior World Camp in Rio Maior, Portugal, which will end three days before the finals.

Brown booked a place for the Junior World Championships after winning in the qualifiers in Agadir, Morocco, on Africa Day by recording a time of 01:13,22secs. She has also trained at the Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy (SCTA) with Australian coach Toby Coote.

During her time there, Brown competed in two unofficial races conducted by the SCTA on August 24-25, finishing in fourth and second-place respectively. She said on her Facebook page: “Looks like I’m on track for the big race in London. Thanks to Toby Coote for getting me to the start line and everyone else for all the support!”

Triathlon Zimbabwe president Rick Fulton said Brown’s achievements this year had shown that she has the potential to represent Zimbabwe at the Olympics in the near future.

“She certainly has the talent, work rate and mental strength to compete at that level. Hopefully that will become her dream as well,” Fulton told our sister paper NewsDay Sport in an interview.

The local triathlon boss said they would do all that they could to support her on her road to the Olympic Games.

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