THE ‘MR AND MRS’ SHOW IN SOUTH AFRICA

Sev­enth vic­tory in a row for Mrs Cun­nama (the former Jodie Swal­low)

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oth are fa­mil­iar faces on this podium. And newly-weds Jodie and James came close to mak­ing it the Mr and Mrs Cun­nama show.

De­spite rac­ing for the first time un­der her mar­ried name other con­tenders were, once again, left to “fol­low the swal­low”.

From the off, Cun­nama led the field, ex­it­ing the wa­ter a clear 2:40 min­utes ahead of com­pa­triot Susie Cheetham and Poland’s Ag­nieszka Jerzyk.

Out on the bike Cun­nama con­tin­ued to push the pace, en­ter­ing the men’s pro field, with Cheetham chip­ping away de­ter­minedly at her heels.

BDe­spite a brave ef­fort, Cheetham was un­able to catch her, and crossed the line just over a minute be­hind an ec­static Jodie. “It was good to feel the pres­sure lift as I crossed the line,” she later posted on Face­book.

With last year’s cham­pion Matt Traut­man ab­sent, the men’s race was wide open. First out of the wa­ter was Brit Mark Threlfall with Ro­main Guil­laume (FRA) in fifth and fel­low South Africans Kyle Buck­ing­ham and James Cun­nama sev­enth and eighth.

Guil­laume quickly clawed back ground on the bike to take the lead and carve out a six minute gap ahead of Threlfall by T2. Mean­while Cun­nama and Buck­ing­ham had moved up the field to start the run in third and fourth place.

With Threlfall in their sights, the two quickly gained ground. Cun­nama slipped into sec­ond place early in the run while Buck­ing­ham also over­took Threlfall at the 10k stage.

How­ever, Guil­laume was de­ter­mined not to have a re­run of the 2014 race when Cun­nama ran him down in the clos­ing stages.

De­spite a blis­ter­ing run split of 1:16:52 Cun­nama was un­able to catch the French ath­lete and had to set­tle for sec­ond place.

With Buck­ing­ham tak­ing the fi­nal slot on the podium, Trelfall had to set­tle for fifth be­hind Stu­art Marais (RSA).

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