Triathlete who excels at Iron Man now ready for tomorrow’s Comrades

Michael Cuypers (in the orange shirt) nearing the end of the recent Ironman event.

After taking a few years’ break, the star triathlete, Michael Cuypers has started competing in big events again and is also ready for this weekend’s Comrades.
Cuypers (26), who grew up in Carletonville but now lives in Fochville, is well-known in the area for obtaining excellent results during the gruelling Ironman Triathlon. After a break of about four years to finish his B.Com degree through Unisa, Cuypers is back in action this year.
‘It was actually my coach, the national trail runner, Nick de Beer, who decided that I had to get back to things,’ he told the Herald.
After getting back onto an exercise schedule from November 2016, Cuypers did his third and best Ironman on 14 April this year. He completed the five km swim, 180 km cycle and 42,2 km run in respective times of 01:12:15, 06:29:29 and 04:16:31. This gave him the 50th position out of the 115 competitors in the 25 to 29 year age group in which he competed and also made him the 31st South African athlete to cross the finishing line.
As in the past, the South African Ironman event, which was also the African Triathlon Championship, drew athletes from all over the world.
‘There were many Europeans and also competitors from countries like Peru,’ says Cuypers. As always, the event was held in Port Elizabeth. Thanks to the motivation from his coach, Cuypers will also be tackling his first-ever Comrades Marathon on Sunday. He will be running for Fochville Marathon Club under the number 17390.
‘I am really looking forward to it and aim to finish in eight and a half to nine hours,’ says Cuypers. His longer-term goal, however, is to qualify for the national long distance team that will be chosen towards the end of October 2019.

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