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Roberts mixes it in Madrid

South African triathlete Kate Roberts finished 23rd in her first ITU World Championships Series race of the year, in Madrid on Sunday.

Once again it was on the bike leg that Roberts lost ground. Before the race she had said she was both apprehensive and excited at the same time.’ I have put in some really hard training in Australia and it looks like things are getting better. But Madrid will be the test. And I’m a bit nervous.’

Still, she had a reasonable outing over a tough and hilly course with temperatures hitting the 30 degree Celsius mark.

She came out of the water in 20min 19 seconds, 15th overall and 44sec behind Sarah Haskins of the USA who had the fastest swim, covering the 1 500m two-lap course in 19min 35sec.

On the bike she lost valuable time over the eight-lap 40km bike leg. Although only climbing 670m, the riders had to do that eight times in row.

And the first 2km were a climb, making it a deceptive course in terms of difficulty. Roberts finished the 40km in 1 hour 9min 45sec. The fastest time being recorded by eventual winner, New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt, who took 1 hour 8 min 10sec.

A 38:13 10-kilometre run saw Kate cross the line 23rd overall. Clearly the hot temperatures took their toll, as more than 10 athletes failed to complete the race.


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