NICHOLAS Waddel brushed off a stiff challenge from Shariff Kakooza to win one of the most closely contested Lake Victoria triathlon battles.
The Briton clocked two hours 16:50 minutes â€“ four seconds ahead of Kakooza to win the gruelling 41km contest in Entebbe yesterday.
Waddelâ€™s biggest boost came in the 30km cycling event that he won in 1:13:11. Victory in that section proved a crucial boost even after the 10km cross-country was won by Kakooza.
Marie Monaghan won the womenâ€™s individual top award after returning in 2:52:47.
Vision Groupâ€™s Yvonne Koreta, Stephen Illungole, Patrick Ogwang, Thomas Pere, John Odyek, Louis Kizito and the author, in two separate mixed teams scooped the best corporate teamâ€™s prize.
The event sponsored by Moonberg Lager and Rwenzori Water involved a one kilometre swim, 30km cycling and a 10km race with a flag-off and finish at Entebbe Sailing Club.
Action was mainly centred around the Botanical Gardens, the airport, Nakivuvogo landing site and back to the Sailing Club across State House Hill and at the golf course.
The swimming section, which had competitors braving a heavy storm, took a triangular route on Lake Victoria to allow spectators vantage viewing and ensure the participantsâ€™ safety.
The triathlon drew an entry of 129 competitors, 40 more than the 2008 edition. A total of 20 men battled for the individual prize while the womenâ€™s event attracted 10.
There were 23 menâ€™s teams and two for women besides the eight mixed entries.
Waddel, Vision share triathlon honours