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Fifth-placed Sanders celebrates true reflection of her form
- Updated: May 19, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
It was certainly third time lucky for Gill Sanders as her good training form finally translated into a top five World Triathlon Series finish in Yokohama at the weekend.
Bike blues got the better of London based Sanders in Abu Dhabi and Cape Town but her third leg of the series saw her on a roll as she raced to fifth spot.
She clocked 1:59:19, two minutes behind American Gwen Jorgensen.
Sanders has been ultra-positive over her the way her training has been going, and especially the swimming facet of her three disciplines.
‘Very happy!’ was Sanders’ initial reaction to Road to Rio 2016. ‘I did mention I was in great shape in training so I’m glad to have got a result that reflects this after my bad luck crashing and puncturing respectively in Abu Dhabi and Cape Town.
‘It’s a massive confidence boost for me and I’m over the moon.’
Speaking of her race, she said: ‘I had a great first lap of the swim, going through in 18th but then I got a bit bullied on the second lap, losing a few spots.
‘Our group worked well on the bike and it came down to a run race which is my strength!’