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Kate on comeback trail

By Mark Etheridge

The bad news is that our top-ranked women’s triathlete, Kate Roberts is still battling to find her form on the world circuit.

The good news is that she looks to have turned the corner in her quest to regain the shape that saw her ranked as the world’s seventh best triathlete at the end of 2010.

A regular top 10 finisher on the ITU World Championships Series last year, Roberts finished 30th in the Mooloolaba event in Australia earlier this year and it didn’t get any easier at her next race in Sydney where she was still feeling the effects of a course of antibiotics, taken to try and clear up cold and flu problems.

Roberts, who is now back at her Davos, Switzerland base after her regular spell in Australia, raced in Spain at the weekend.

The occasion was the ITU World Championship Series race where she faded to 37th in the Madrid event. As usual Roberts was brutally honest in the assessment of her race.

“Unfortunately it was not a great showing in Madrid for me and I was bitterly disappointed in my race. I made a few┬áamateur┬ámistakes which cost me dearly in the overall placings,” she told Road to London 2012. “I was just a bit silly when it came to gearing and positioning myself well in the bike pack, that is why I unfortunately got dropped. At this level a silly mistake can cost you dearly! It was a tough lesson to learn and I won’t make that mistake again.”

Roberts was in contention after the swim-leg in Madrid, just 10 seconds behind eventual winner Paula FIndley of Canada, Laura Bennett and Andrea Hewitt after the 1500m.

But on the 40km bike ride Roberts slipped back, losing more than three minutes to the leaders and then another three minutes on the 10km run leg.

She ended with a 2hr 10min 33sec finish, eight minutes behind Finley.

“But I am getting fitter and I am healthy so things will just pick up from here,” said Roberts. “I am not very race fit and not used to the intensity yet but I am sure with each race I will get better and better!

“My next race is in Kitzbuhel, Austria on 19 June, hopefully things will go from strength to strength.” That’s just a day before the Bloemfontein athlete’s 28th birthday ÔÇô what better way to get celebrations off to an early start with a crackerjack performance.


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