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SA OCR Champion, Thomas van Tonder is Top 10 in the World

The world’s top finishers from obstacle course competitions from across the globe descended on Blue Mountain Resort in Ontario, Canada for the independent 2017 Obstacle Course Racing World Championships (OCRWC) this past weekend.

Now in its 4th year, the OCRWC has grown significantly since its inaugural race in 2014, with the 2017 event attracting 4000 qualifying athletes from 67 countries.

Jeep Team’s Thomas van Tonder, one of South Africa’s top male OCR athletes in 2017, qualified for and competed at the previous 3 OCR World Champs, achieving two top 10 finishes, hoped to prove his form on the championship 15km course, which featured more than 50 innovative obstacles, aiming for another top 10 world champs finish.

On race-day, rain and mud added to the challenge but this didn’t deter the strong South African team.

The highlight of the weekend was the Team Relay event. In the mixed team category, van Tonder was joined by Bradley Claase and SA’s top female OCR athlete, Trish Bahlmann. A brilliant performance from the Team South Africa Pro trio saw them claim a bronze medal finish, behind Team MudGear (USA) in first and Team OCR Poland in second.

In the individual 15km Pro men’s division, a field of 175 competitors, van Tonder put on an impressive performance, finishing the course in 01:46:52.3, earning him a 9th place finish – his third top 10 finish at the OCR World Champs. First place in the men’s Pro division went to 3-time OCR World Champ, Jonathan Albon, in a time of 01:33:48.6, in second was Ryan Atkins in 01:37:30.3, and rounding off the podium was Ryan Woods in a time of 01:40:41.0.

Fellow South Africans, Claude Eksteen and Trish Bahlmann, racing against 75 other Pro women, both finished in 8th place in the men’s and women’s Pro division races respectively.

“It was an amazing race – loads of hills, mud and sweat, and what a blessing to be present on the world stage. I’m very stoked with my official 9th place finish in the individual 15km PRO event and to take home 3rd in the PRO mixed teams with Trish and Bradley at the OCR World Champs. It was a special moment to stand on the OCRWC podium,” says van Tonder.

Other significant South African performances over the Championship weekend include Greg Avierinos finishing 2nd in the 3km M20-29 age group and 1st in the 15km M18-24 age group; Tom Basson finishing 2nd in the 3km M35-39; and Michelle Meyer finishing 3rd in the 3km F20-29.

Results – OCR World Championships 2017

Men – 15km PRO

1. Jonathan Albon (NOR) 01:33:48

2. Ryan Atkins (CAN) 01:37:30

3. Ryan Woods (USA) 01:40:41

9. Thomas van Tonder (RSA) 01:46:52

Women – 15km PRO

1. Lindsay Webster (CAN) 02:01:43

2. Nicole Mericle (USA) 02:09:33

3. Karin Karlsson (SWE) 02:14:58

Team Challenge – Co-Ed

1. Team MudGear (USA) 00:52:04

2. Team OCR Poland 00:54:32

3. Team South Africa PRO 00:54:56

Results – South Africans Only

Men 15km

Name

Age Group

AG Pos.

Overall Pos.

Time

Claude Eksteen

PRO

8

8

01:46:43,0

Thomas van Tonder

PRO

9

9

01:46:52,3

Bradley Claase

PRO

30

30

01:54:45,8

James Meredith

PRO

58

58

02:09:56,1

Dylan van Tonder

M17-Under

20

279

02:42:47,8

Greg Avierinos

M18-24

1

2

01:48:46,9

Wian Smit

M18-24

30

171

02:28:44,6

Ricardo Rebelo

M18-24

63

499

03:08:41,2

Michael Joubert

M25-29

7

18

01:59:08,9

Wynand Louw

M25-29

40

180

02:30:30,0

West Hendricks

M30-34

47

244

02:37:22,9

Tom Basson

M35-39

2

39

02:07:20,9

Thomas Liebenberg

M35-39

16

112

02:20:34,3

Dewald van Wyk

M35-39

75

492

03:08:13,2

Men 3km

Name

Age Group

AG Pos.

Overall Pos.

Time

Ricardo Rebelo

M13-19

17

136

00:28:34,4

Dylan van Tonder

M13-19

20

152

00:29:19,0

Greg Avierinos

M20-29

2

3

00:19:09,3

Michael Joubert

M20-29

11

14

00:22:17,3

Wynand Louw

M20-29

19

46

00:24:17,5

Tom Basson

M30-39

4

15

00:22:18,9

Dewald van Wyk

M30-39

94

288

00:34:52,1

Women 15km

Name

Age Group

AG Pos.

Overall Pos.

Time

Trish Bahlmann

PRO

8

8

02:26:47,9

Mandie Landsberg

F30-34

6

37

03:03:33,3

Cindy Wills

F35-39

6

31

02:25:35,3

Natasha Deley

F35-39

62

354

05:09:32,9

Samantha Gilchrist

F40-44

16

101

03:59:33,3

Sam Ryder

F40-44

17

102

03:59:35,3

Women 3km

Name

Age Group

AG Pos.

Overall Pos.

Time

Michelle Meyer

F20-29

3

6

00:30:05,1

Mandie Landsberg

F30-39

7

11

00:32:06,9

Cindy Wills

F35-39

16

34

00:40:46,1

Natasha Deley

F35-39

36

75

01:06:20,7

Sam Ryder

F40-49

13

95

01:25:40,1

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