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Injury setback for Kate

By Mark Etheridge

South Africa’s top ranked women’s triathlete has suffered an injury setback, despite giving her body a break after a hugely successful international season.

Kate Roberts, now ranked seventh in the world after her year’s work, has aggravated an old injury.

“It’s the same injury I had about three weeks before the World Championships final race in Budapest,” said Roberts from Bloemfontein on Tuesday.

Roberts, 27, was planning to run the final five races of the BSG-Energade Series currently taking place but that has now had to be put on the backburner.

“I guess with all the racing I’ve been doing this past year it was bound to happen… I tried to come back to training too quickly after my rest period, and now I’ve really messed up my hip.”

Thankfully Roberts has a wise head on her young shoulders and is looking at the bigger picture. “So I’ve been ordered to rest and not do any cycling and running until it has completely recovered, otherwise next year will be a disaster.”

The good news for Roberts is that she’s not a complete pedestrian and can at least swim to keep in shape.