South Africa tops medal table at Track Champs in Pietermaritzburg

All photos courtesy Boogs Photography

Rainy weather brought welcome relief from the scorching heat on the third and final day of the 2019 African Continental Track Cycling Championships that was held at the Sax Young track in Pietermaritzburg from 17-19 January. Team South Africa topped the medal table followed by Egypt and Nigeria to close out the event.

After a tough day the day before, the elite men brought the curtain down on the championships with an aggressive points race. Yacine Chalel of Algeria battled bravely against the South Africans, but eventually it was newly crowned omnium champion Joshua van Wyk who prevailed after lapping the bunch to win the gold medal. Othman Harakat of Morocco was a surprise but deserving winner of the silver medal with Chalel winning the bronze medal.

Jean Spies defends Sprint title

South Africa dominated Day 2 of the Championships. National sprint champion Jean Spies successfully defended his African Sprint title when he defeated teammate Wade Theunissen at a scorching Pietermaritzburg Sax Young track on Friday. After qualifying in a respectable time of 10.77 seconds, Spies went unbeaten through all the rounds to add the sprint title to his time trial and Keirin titles, taking three gold medals home in the process.

The men’s Scratch race was well contested with entries from South Africa, Algeria, Zimbabwe, Morocco and Egypt. Carl Bonthuys (RSA) was rewarded for his attacking racing when he managed to stay away and claim the gold medal. Newly crowned omnium champion, Joshua van Wyk (RSA) edged out Yacine Chalel (ALG) for the silver medal.

Van Wyk went on to claim the gold medal in the Points race, which added to his joint medal with Steven van Heerden in the Madison, meant that he took three gold medals home.

Three titles for Charlene du Preez

In the Elite Women’s points race, defending champion Ebtissam Zayed (EGY) made her presence felt from the start with her aggressive riding, however the home team responded very well with Elfriede Wolfaardt and Ilze Bole breaking away towards the end of the race.

Zayed had however done enough to accumulate the most points to annexe the gold medal adding to her convincing omnium gold won previously, while Bole and Wolfaardt won the silver and bronze medals respectively – Zayed won two titles during the competition.

Charlene du Preez (RSA) made a clean sweep in the sprint events, adding the sprint title to her time trial and Keirin titles after beating Nigerian newcomer Gladys Gripka in two straight rides. Fatima Elhayani of Morocco beet Helen Mitchell of Zimbabwe for the bronze medal. Du Preez secured three continental titles by the end of the championships.

Maroesjka Matthee (RSA) won a hard fought women’s Scratch race, managing to overcome defending champion Zayed in a closely contested sprint, followed by teammate Ilze Bole.

Jonathan Bouwer clinches three golds

The junior boys felt the pressure served from Egypt in the points race, but despite the challenge it was Tiano da Silva (RSA) who dominated the race scoring the most points to secure a gold medal with his teammates Matthew Fortuin and Keagan van Wyk closing out the podium with the silver and bronze medals respectively.

The junior scratch race was an all-South African affair, with the riders all racing hard for the coveted African title. Eventually it was da Silva who won his second gold medal of the championships, followed by Matthew Fortuin and Ceejay Bosman.

Newcomer to the junior ranks, Jonathan Bouwer, beat South African teammate Mirsab Jordan in the junior sprint final after a hard fought battle with Aidan Geary (RSA) beating Youssef Abouelhassan (EGY) to clinch the bronze medal.

Matthew Fortuin and Bouwer both won gold medals in the Omnium and Keirin events respectively, while collectively the pair won the Madison to secure a total of two gold medals for the former and a total of three gold medals for the latter by the end of the competition.

Abouelhassan won the junior men Time Trial.

Gold medal haul for Andrea de Waal

Andrea de Waal beat Nigerian Mary Samuel in the junior women’s sprint to make it a clean sweep for South Africa in all the sprint events, also displaying her dominance in the Scratch race, followed by teammates Mischa Strydom and Charlize Murphy.

De Waal incredible form saw her clinch a total of five medals, including the Time Trial, Keirin and the Madison in a pairing with Mischka Strydom.

Strydom claimed gold in the junior women points race followed by Nigerian Mary Samuel and Andrea de Waal also of South Africa. She also won gold in the Omnium, bringing her gold medal tally to three.

The Madisons were contested in sweltering heat with South Africa again grabbing the bulk of the medals on offer with Egypt and Morocco sharing in the medals.

William Newman, President of the Confederation of African Cycling (CAC) Track Commission, said: “All in all it was a very successful Champs. Although South Africa won the bulk of the medals on offer it was very encouraging to see the likes of Egypt, Nigeria, Morocco and Algeria bagging their fair share of the medals. The respective African Champions now continue their preparation for participation at the 2019 UCI Track World Championships in Pruszkow, Poland at the end of February.”

Newman added, “The 2020 edition of the African Track Cycling Championships will be hosted in Egypt in the newly built indoor Cairo velodrome. We’re also excited to announce that Africa will host the 2020 UCI Junior Track World Championships in Cairo as well!”

Summary of results – 2019 African Track Continental Championships – PMB

Thursday 17 January Day 1 Session 1

Time Trial Men Elite

  1. Jean Spies RSA

  2. Assem Elhosseiny EGY

  3. Wade Theunissen RSA

Time Trial Women Elite

  1. Charlene du Preez RSA

  2. Ebtissam Zayed EGY

  3. Tombrapa Grikpa NIG

Time Trial Men Junior

  1. Youssef Abouelhassan EGY

  2. Ceajay Bosman RSA

  3. Aidan Geary RSA

Time Trial Women Junior

  1. Andrea De Waal RSA

  2. Mary Samuel NIG

  3. Charlize Murphy RSA

Thursday 17 January Day 1 Session 2

Keirin ME

  1. Jean Spies RSA

  2. Wade Theunissen RSA

  3. Ahmed Galdoune MAR

Keirin WE

  1. Charlene Du Preez RSA

  2. Ebtissam Zayed EGY

  3. Tombrapa Grikpa NIG

Keirin MJ

  1. Jonathan Bouwer RSA

  2. Ahmed Elsenfawi EGY

  3. Aidan Geary RSA

Keirin WJ

  1. Andrea De Waal RSA

  2. Mary Samuel NIG

  3. Mischka Strydom RSA

Omnium ME

  1. Joshua Van Wyk RSA

  2. Steven Van Heerden RSA

  3. Yacine Chalel ALG

Omnium WE

  1. Ebtissam Zayed EGY

  2. Maroesjka Matthee RSA

  3. Ilze Bole RSA

Omnium MJ

  1. Matthew Fortuin RSA

  2. Tiano Da Silva RSA

  3. Keagan Van Wyk RSA

Omnium WJ

  1. Mischka Strydom RSA

  2. Charlize Murphy RSA

 

Friday 18 January Day 2 Session 1

Scratch ME 30 laps

  1. Carl Bonthuys RSA

  2. Joshua van Wyk RSA

  3. Yacine Chalel ALG

Scratch WE 20 laps

  1. Maroesjka Matthee RSA

  2. Ebtissam Zayed EGY

  3. Ilze Bole RSA

Scratch MJ 20 laps

  1. Tiano da Silva RSA

  2. Matthew Fortuin RSA

  3. Ceajay Bosman RSA 

Scratch WJ 15 laps

  1. Andrea de Waal RSA

  2. Mischka Strydom RSA

  3. Charlize Murphy RSA

Friday 18 January Day 2 Session 2

Sprint 200m flying start (2 laps) ME

  1. Jean Spies RSA

  2. Wade Theunissen RSA

  3. Ahmed Amine Galdoune MAR

Sprint WE

  1. Charlene du Preez RSA

  2. Tombrapa Grikpa NIG

  3. Fatima Elhayani MAR

Sprint 200m flying start (2 laps) MJ

  1. Jonathan Bouwer RSA

  2. Mirsab Jordan RSA

  3. Aidan Geary RSA 

Sprint 200m flying start (2 laps) WJ

  1. Andrea de Waal RSA

  2. Mary Samuel NIG

  3. Mischka Strydom RSA

Madison ME

  1. Steven van Heerden / Joshua van Wyk RSA

  2. Othman Harakat / Ahmed Galdoune MAR

  3. Assem Elhosseiny / Mohamed Eissa EGY

Madison Junior/Elite Women

  1. Mischka Strydom / Andrea de Waal RSA

  2. Danielle van Niekerk / Elfriede Wolfaardt RSA

  3. Maroesjka Matthee / Ilze Bole RSA

Madison MJ

  1. Matthew Fortuin / Jonathan Bouwer RSA

  2. Keagan van Wyk / Dian Janjetich RSA

  3. Tiano da Silva / Ceajay Bosman RSA

Saturday 19 January Day 3

Points ME

  1. Joshua van Wyk RSA

  2. Othman Harakat MAR

  3. Yacine Chalel ALG

Points WE

  1. Ebtissam Zayed EGY

  2. Ilze Bole RSA

  3. Elfriede Wolfaardt RSA

Points MJ

  1. Tiano da Silva RSA

  2. Matthew Fortuin RSA

  3. Keagan van Wyk RSA

Points WJ

  1. Mischka Strydom RSA

  2. Mary Samuel NIG

  3. Andrea de Waal RSA