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Olympian Roberts in race to regain her top form

She may have ended second in her season opening triathlon, but two-time Olympian Kate Roberts is under no illusion as to the hard work that lies ahead, writes Mark Etheridge.

Roberts took the runners-up spot in the recent African Cup sprint event in Blouberg, Cape Town, ending just eight seconds behind visiting Polish athlete Agnieszka Jerzyk.

She clocked 1hr 09min 59sec for the 750-metre swim, 20 kilometre cycle and 5km run.

Going into the race there were a whole lot of factors playing on her mind. ‘I was incredibly nervous before the race as I hadn’t raced in a while but I was quietly satisfied with my results given all the changes I’ve made during the last six months,” she told Road to Rio 2016.

Those changed include swopping coach from Australian Darren Smith to local Lindsey Parry (national triathlon coach) and also opting for a home base in Pretoria rather than Australia and Switzerland.

“It was nice to get my first race under the belt so now I know exactly where my fitness levels are and what work needs to be done.. and I’m under no illusion that there is a lot of hard work ahead of me but I’m determined to do it.

“It all needs a lot of work to be honest, it may look good on the results but I know if I compare that result to world class standards then it’s a pretty average result!

“I’m excited for my next races which are SA Olympic distance championships in East London on 23 March and then African Championships in Troutbeck, Zimbabwe on 13 April.”

But the biggest goal for the first half of the year is the Cape Town leg of the World Championships Series on 27 April, the first time that Africa will have hosted a triathlon race of this prestige. And the Commonwealth Games in Scotland in July/August are edging ever closer.


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