The Bonaqua Troutbeck Africa Triathlon Union sprint triathlon Africa Cup is poised for growth with the numbers competing in Nyanga rising to 30.

The biggest triathlon event is set for Saturday 16 February.

Competition is this year expected to be stiffer given an increase in the number of elite athletes from 16 to 30.

Representing the event sponsors Coca Cola Senior Brand Manager Vee Chibanda was elated with the staging of what will be the 12th edition, and highlighted the immense benefits that can be derived from the triathlon extravaganza.

Twenty-one will do battle in the men’s category while 9 will compete for a place among the best in the ladies section.

Zimbabwe’s hopes will this year be pinned on 19 -year old Gideon Benade whose journey as an elite triathlete began at last year’s event.

Zimbabwe is, however, not represented in the ladies category where a field of 9 triathletes will battle for the top prize.

US$3000 has been set aside as prize money to be divided between the elite men and women triathletes.

The Troutbeck event is a tournament where triathletes can accumulate world ranking points which are vital as athletes endeavor to qualify for the Olympic Games.