Biathle


The UIPM (Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne) Biathle is an event that involves a run, swim, and run. UIPM Modern Biathle is a sub-sport of modern pentathlon invented to create opportunities for training the run and swim parts of pentathlon in real race conditions. It is a world class sport but not an Olympic one.  The legs are raced with continuous transitions like triathlon. The race length is usually 200 m swim and 3 km run.

South Africa hosted the World Championships at Port Elizabeth in 2000 and Cape Town in 2008. Three women and three men have won the Senior World Championship event, while ten others have won Silver and Bronze medals. Numerous juniors have also world championship titles. At the 2016 event at Sarasota (below) South Africans won 20 gold medals, in various age groups.

Many biathle champions also excelled at Triathlon and Biathlons.

Berndt Burger - 2014 biathle world champion - was also South African Penthlon and Biathlon champion. He also finished second in the 2010 African Triathlon Championships behind Richard Murray.

Andrea Steyn was the 2008 Biathle world champion, and the African Triathlon Championship 2014 title and second place at the 2015 Durban Ironman 70,3.

Nerissa van der Walt

Naldo de Kock

Retief Osche

Medals table of the 2016 Biathle World Championships uheld at Sarasota, Florida

Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 South Africa 20 23 18 61
2 Egypt 14 12 10 36
3 Great Britain 8 6 9 23

David Hyam

Biathle World Champion medallists from South Africa

YearGoldSilverBronze
1999  Chad Senior  Mark Muller   Christophe Ruer 
2000  David Hyam   Damien Catherine   Danilo Palmucci
2001  Hendrik de Villiers  Andrés García   Julios Granados 
2002  Hendrik de Villiers   Leonardio Fiorella   Luca Villa 
2003  Hendrik de Villiers   Leonardio Fiorella   Manuel Canuto 
2006  Gregan Clarkson   Christopher Lionett   Jon Fletcher 
2008  Gregan Clarkson   Juan Pretorius   Jon Fletcher 
2009  Alberto Alessandroni   Danilo Brustolon   Ryan Peter 
2014  Berndt Burger  Ricardo Rego   Tiago Sousa 
YearGoldSilverBronze
2000  Rachel Jones   Leandre Strydom   Michelle Bridger 
2001  Rachel Jones   Childs Treloar   Caroline Bain 
2008  Andrea Steyn   Rachel Jones   Laura Hook
2013  Nerissa Van der Walt   Carmen Macheriotou   Alice Sotero 
2014  Carina Richards   Rachel Jones   Kathy Wellam 
2015  Aurelija Tamašauskaitė   Cindy Schwulst   Carina Richards 
2016  Erin Storie   Lushano Smit   Samantha Achterberg