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Kate, Gillian in action

Kate Roberts and Gillian Sanders finished 40th and 45th respectively in the Hamburg leg of the ITU World Championship Series on Sunday.

Roberts, who looked to be on track after her 23rd place in Kitzbuhel and victory in the African Championships in Maputo recently, clocked 1hr 58min 28sec for the 1500-metre swim, 40km cycle and 10km run.

That put her 4:51 behind winner Emma Moffatt of Australia who clocked 1:53:37. It was Australian Emma’s all the way in Hamburg with Emma Jackson and Emma Snowsill finished second and third respectively.

Roberts hit terra firma after 19:04 of swimming, pedaled the 40km bike ride in 1:02: 27 and wrapped up with a 35:48 run. She’s now 46th on the ITU world rankings. After last year’s season she was ranked the world’s seventh best women’s triathlete but injury and illness have set her back over the last few months.

Sanders clocked 1:59:21, made up for respective splits of 19:13, 1:02:29 and 37:01.

Other South Africans in action this weekend were Wian Sullwald and Richard Murray, reports Manfred Seidler. Sullwald continued his rise in the triathlon world when he finished 10th in Echtermach. Sullwald had a good swim, emerging in the second bunch from the swim, but he lost ground on the cycle and run to cross the line in 56min 12sec for the 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run. The youngster has had a good string of results of recent with three podiums in his last four races. He finished second in Tournai, won the Africa Championships and was third in Holten before Echternach.

Murray was on cloud nine after his maiden win at the recent Africa Championships, and a third place finish in Offenburg at the Offenburg Hansgrohe World Super Sprint on 9 July. However the flu that laid him low for 10 days leading up to the Africa Championships made a re-appearance and he suffered at the World Championship Series race in Hamburg.

He completed the 1500m swim, but pulled out of the race halfway through the 40km bike section. Murray will be looking to shake the flu quickly as he is looking to race again in London on 7 August.