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Sanders shines in UK

By Mark Etheridge

Our London based triathlete, Gillian Sanders had a fine outing in the London leg of the ITU World Championhip Series on Saturday, racing to 23rd place against the world’s leading women.

Formerly from KwaZulu Natal and having studied at Stellenbosch University, Sanders ended 23rd in a field of 65 starters. She clocked a combined time of 2hr 02 min 17sec for the 1500-metre swim, 40 kilometre cycle and 10km run.

The race was won by home town heroine Helen Jenkins who was timed at 2:00.34 from American Gwen Jorgensen and Germany’s Anja Dittmer.

Sanders was out of the water in 21st spot, coming out in 20:34. She then had a fine bike ride in 65:02 which made her the fifth quickest of the cyclists.

The last leg of the race, the road run, had her timed at 35:22 and this is where the real speedsters strutted their stuff. Jorgensen was quickest over the 10km, blitzing home in 33:43, with Jenkins clocked at 33:48 and Aussie Emma Jackson also going under 34min (33:57).

Our other triathlete in action in London, Kate Roberts again battled, as she has done for most of this year. After exiting the water in 20:05 and biking in 65:36 she failed to finish the final running leg.

In the overall series rankings, Roberts still holds 51st spot with Sanders now in 61st place.