East London’s Biathletes win gold at World stage
East London’s Adam de Lange and two members of team South Africa collected gold at the UIPM Biathlete World Champs under 11 category in the United States last week. The top three athletes were Gerrit Kroon from Gauteng, Thomas van der Merwe from the Western Province and Border’s Adam de Lange. Silver went to Egypt and bronze was bagged by Great Britain.
“I could not be prouder. His nerves were shot and he had to dig deep to get out of the blocks. It was a very strong field and a huge effort was required. He had a fantastic run and got into the water well placed,” enthused his father Stuart de Lange.
The Selborne Primary School Grade 4 pupil finished 8th and was the third South African boy home. He is ranked number 8 in the world. This was his second consecutive World Champs, after Egypt last year.
“This a fantastic achievement. To step up and help your team win gold for your country is outstanding. You have put in a huge effort with your training and it showed. Well done to all the athletes on a great weeks racing,” added Stuart.
Fellow Border athlete and veteran, Rodney Westgate (46) retained his title in the Masters' category at the World Biathle Championships. The swimming took place in a saltwater marina and the run on a mixed surface; asphalt street and grass.