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Roberts races to top 10 finish at World Cup in Spain

By Mark Etheridge

London Olympian Kate Roberts has raced to her second top 10 World Cup triathlon finish of the year, her latest achievement coming in Spain at the weekend.

Roberts, who ended in 22nd spot at the 2012 Olympics after a crash on the bike leg, took ninth spot in the Palamos leg of the World Cup series.

She clocked 2hr 03min 36sec for the 1500-metre swim, 40-kilometre bike ride and 10km run. Winner was America’s Katie Hursey in 2:01:19.

“To be honest I was a little disappointed, as I was really hoping to do better but I think I wasn’t as fit as I thought I was and still need to sharpen up for proper race fitness,” she told Road To Rio 2016 from her French base of Morzine on Tuesday.

“It was an incredibly hot day out and quite a tough course offering us a hard bike and run course in terms of being hot, hilly and technical.

“I started the run a bit too fast and then hit the wall at the 5km mark and it was just a matter of survival to the end.”

Next up for Roberts is the Hamburg World Series race at the weekend, an event where she placed fifth last year.

“I’m excited to race in Hamburg this weekend, Although it will be a super competitive field it is only a 5km run so If I do hit the wall at 5km again, then I’ll be okay as the race will be over by then,” she grinned.

Our other London Olympian, Gillian Sanders, was also in action in Spain. She ended 19th in a time of 2:05:46. Other South African results saw Anel Radford end 28th in 2:08:06 while All Africa Games triathlon champion Carlyn Fischer was 11th in 2:11:53.


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