Shange gets second shot in France

By Thathe Msimango

South African triathlete Sanele Shange will have another taste of competing in the World Ironman Championship this year scheduled in France in the city of Nice on 10 September. 

This comes after Shange secured a podium finish during the African Championship held in Gqebera earlier this month. 

Shange rose into prominence when he became the first black country’s athlete to represent the nation on the World stage in Hawaii last year.

The 31-year-old who hails from Gigindlovu, North of KwaZulu-Natal says he is excited to once again be selected to represent the country. 

“I’m happy once again to be selected to race in Ironman world Champs again. It something that is yet to sink in as it is biggest race any Triathlon athlete wish to participate in it, “said elated Shange

“Last year I fulfilled the dream of being the first black person to be on that stage. That moment of history will live inside of me for the rest of my life. This year, I’m hoping for another lifetime experience too.” 

Shange, who collided with another rider on the 70km mark in last year’s edition of the race but managed to finish despite having pains. 

So this year he is hoping for better results if he manages to be on the start line. The man who is a member of Phantane Athletics Club still has to raise funds to fund his trip. 

“Last year, I raised funds to inorder to realise my dream of racing in the Championship. So nothing has changed this year as I must go the same route again,” he highlighted. 

“If I manage to raise those funds then I’m hoping for better and improved results this year. It is possible even though they won’t come easy. I must work hard for them. But it’s all in my mind.”

Picture above: Sanele Shange 
Image source: Sanele Shange Facebook page


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