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Sanders races Chicago but it’s Glasgow on her mind

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By Mark Etheridge

She may have ended almost 10 minutes down on history-making Gwen Jorgensen in Chicago at the weekend but our Gill Sanders is unfazed.

Heading for the Commonwealth Games as part of Team South Africa later this month, Sanders ended 35th in the Chicago leg of the World Triathlon Series.

That, after American Jorgensen had raced to an historic sixth WTS title by running the elite field off its feet in the 10-kilometre running leg.

Jorgensen clocked 1hr 55min 33sec for the 1500-metre swim, 40km bike and 10km run. Sanders was 35th in 2:04:47, but the London-based lawyer is keeping a calm head three weeks out from the Games in Glasgow.

She recorded splits of 21:22, 1:01:54 and 40:02 and took time to reflect on her race.

“Chicago was a funny one. I’m in the middle of a very hard training block for ‘Commies’ at the moment so if I’m honest I felt a bit sluggish the whole race,” she told Road to Rio 2016.

“But it was good to go and race there as the Grand Final is there next year.

“Otherwise prep is going extremely well and I’m looking forward to another two hard weeks before I settle down for my taper.

“Chicago was probably opposite to what Glasgow is going to be… flat and technical and very hot vs hilly and cool. I’ve been preparing specifically for Glasgow so I’m feeling confident and excited to race.”

Wise words and hopefully winning words come 24 July when triathlon is the first medal-winning event at the Games after the previous day’s opening ceremony!