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New SA champion plots her next move Down Under

By Mark Etheridge

Three days after annexing the African Cup triathlon title in East London, London Olympian Kate Roberts was calculating her next move in Camberra, Australia.

Roberts ended second behind visiting Belgian athlete Katrien Verstuyt at the weekend but was crowned champion as foreigners are not eligible for the title.

“I’m┬á back in Australia now with my coach Darren Smith and his training squad in Canberra.

“I was happy with my SA title over the last weekend, I unfortunately false started and was penalised in Transition One (T1) by 15sec,” the two-time Olympian (2008 and 2012) told Road to Rio 2016.

“This meant I had to play catch-up on the bike to the front trio of Carlyn Fischer, Anel Stewart and Katrien. I then had a solid run and was leading until 6.5km but then I hit the wall and was overtaken by the Belgian girl in the latter stages of the run.

“It was a really hot and humid day for racing and I needed to drink more on the bike to cope with the last few kilometres of the run.

“I’m racing in the Auckland leg of the World Champs Series races in three weeks time and then heading to the States to race in the San Diego leg of the series two weeks later. So lots of excitement planned for the year and looking forward to it.”


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