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Kate, Mari battle it out for African title

Sunday’s Africa Triathlon Championships in Durban promises to deliver a hard, riveting battle between Kate Roberts and Mari Rabie for the honour of African Champion.

Roberts has just returned from a very successful four-month training stint in Canberra, Australia where she finished fourth and sixth at the Mooloolaba World Cup and Sydney World Championship Series race, the best ever performance by a South African female triathlete on the World Circuit.

No wonder then that her confidence is high. But Roberts is not about to sit back and be complacent.

ÔÇ£Mari is very strong in the water and on the bike, and although this is a draft legal race, I know she will attack on the bike. And I cannot afford to let her get to big a gap for the run.ÔÇØ

Roberts run in particular is getting better and better, but even for her a two-minute deficit over 10km could prove to be a bridge to far.

Rabie too is coming off good form, having finished 4th at the World Cup in Monterrey, Mexico on 18 April.

Rabie is particularly strong on the swim and the bike and Roberts will need to hang on to her to be in a position to make her move on the run.