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Triathlete Gill takes 3rd

Olympic triathlon debutant Gill Sanders has had a confidence-boosting podium place in London as she fine-tuned her Games preparations, writes Mark Etheridge.

Sanders, originally from South Africa but having been based in London for the last few years, took third spot in the Olympic warm-up event.

“It was the British Triathlon Canary Wharf Super Sprint night triathlon,” Sanders told┬á Road to London 2012 this week. “It’s part of the British Super Series here in the United Kingdom and was held at Canary Wharf.

“They shut down the roads and held a tri….we swam 400-metres in the docks, cycled nine laps of a 1.1km circuit (10km) then finished with a quick 2.1km run. There was a first round of 30 athletes, with 15 being eliminated for the final. In the final there were 15 of us, including four Aussies, One American, me the lone Saffa and nine Brits.

“This was just a bit of a training session day out for me to practise a few things leading up to London. So racing on pretty tired legs I was extremely happy to come away with third behind Katie Hewison and Liz Blatchford (both British). All the bankers and city workers came out to support and it was great fun racing on a weekday summer’s evening in London,” added Sanders.


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