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Kate off the pace
- Updated: March 28, 2011
Our top-ranked triathlete, Kate Roberts had a disappointing start to her international season when she could only place 30th at the Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup event in Australia on Sunday.
Roberts ended 2010 ranked seventh in the world and was included on SASCOC’s OPEX programme as reward for her achievements on the global triathlon circuit.
But she was unable to make an impression on Sunday as New Zealander Nicky Samuels won her first ITU World Cup event on a rain-swept day.
Samuels clocked 2hr 03min 13sec for the 1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run. Her times for the different codes were 20min 08sec, 1:04:16 and 37:24.
In comparison Roberts clocked a combined time of 2:09:17 with her swim leg taking 20:18, bike 1:06:53 and then her run 40:33.
With this being an Olympic qualifying year each and every race takes on additional importance and the Bloemfontein ace Roberts will be hoping to get back on track sooner rather than later.
The world’s best triathletes now turn their attention to Sydney in a fortnight and what should be a spectacular start over the Sydney 2000 Olympic course┬áwith both the men’s and women’s races set down for Sunday, 10 April.