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Sanders 38th in Spain

London based South African Gill Sanders took 38th spot at the ITU World Cup triathlon on Madrid, Spain on Saturday, writes Mark Etheridge.

And this result looks to have seen her provisionally meet all the selection criteria to make the SA team for this year’s Olympic Games in London.

Sanders, who won the African Championships in Mauritius earlier this year, an Olympic continental qualifying event, clocked 2hr 11min 58sec for the 1500-metre swim, 40 kilometre cycle and 10km run. But she still had make sure she ended in the top 47 spots on the ITU’s Olympic simulated rankings, a complicated two-year system.

Fellow South African Kate Roberts overall form over the last two years should see her get the nod as well while our top man, Richard Murray currently leads the Olympic rankings.

Winner was Switzerland’s Nicola Spirig in 2:06:35 while Sanders’ SA team-mate Carlyn Fischer ended 42nd, the 2011 All Africa Games champion clocking 2:13:28.