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Kate captures African Cup title in Zimbabwe
- Updated: November 21, 2012
By Mark Etheridge
London Olympian Kate Roberts added another victory to her CV with a victory at the Troutbeck ITU African Cup triathlon in Zimbabwe at the weekend.
Roberts ended 22nd in the Olympic three-phase code and would have done better if it were not for a painful accident early in the biking leg.
In Zimbabwe she covered the 1500-metre swim, 40km cycle and 10km run in 2hr 20min 10sec.
That was 48 seconds clear of All Africa Games champion Carlyn Fischer and some way ahead of BG Energade Series winner Andrea Steyn (2:27:15).
Roberts came out of the water 10sec clear of Fischer but lost a little ground in the transitions before joining forces on the bike leg. On the running stretch though she made it all up as she covered the 10km in 38:12 to Fischer’s 39:04
“Yes it was nice to win over the weekend, I am just trying to keep the training and racing ticking over until the end of the year as I’m very motivated to race well next year,” she told Road to Rio 2016.
Roberts had a superb 2010, ending seventh on the ITU rankings but the following year was one to forget as she battled illness and injury. To her credit she dug deep in the build-up to Olympics.
“It was a really tough race at the weekend as we raced at 2200m above sea level, it was also ridiculously hilly on the bike and run and we raced in wet conditions the whole wayÔÇª so probably one of the toughest races I have ever done but I managed to have a decent swim and then Carlyn and I worked really well together on the bike and managed to grow a nice lead on Andrea and then on the run I just found a good┬árhythm┬áand managed to gain a lead on Carlyn. It was a nice little confidence booster and nice to win an Africa Cup after the disappointment at the Games this year.
“It was such a wonderful well organised race and the Zimbabweans are such lovely warm people. I hope to return there again!”
On her plans for 2012 Roberts is decidedly upbeat. “I plan to go back and give it a good go on the circuit next year and am racing six out of the eight races on the World Championship Series calendar.
“I’m also going to race SA sprint champs in February and Olympic distance champs in March and then I plan to go over to Australia and meet up with my coach Darren Smith and his squad for a few weeks.
“I’ll race in Auckland, the first race of the World Championships Series, then head over to Sedona in the States and train for the San Diego and Yokohama legs of the World Championships Series race and then back home for two weeks before I head to Europe for Hamburg, Stockholm and lastly the Grand Final in London in September.
“I’m very excited about next year and keen to get a good end of year ranking and that podium position!”
The men’s race in Zimbabwe was won by Roberts’ fellow South African, Henri Schoeman in 2:04:18, beating local athlete Chris Felgate (2:08:04) into second while┬á South Africans Rudolf Naude and Aidan Nugent took third and four spots.