By Mark Etheridge
Just as Gill Sanders jetted in from London in pursuit of her Rio Olympics dream, so too did Anel Radford.. but from the other side of the world, in Sydney, Australia.
She did the same for African Championships in East London earlier this year but had to head back Down Under after her race was up before it started.. with broken ribs from a previous accident.
And she’s excited to be back racing Sunday’s Discovery World Triathlon at the Green Point Stadium.. but nervous as to her readiness.
She told Road to Rio 2016: ‘I travelled back to Sydney after not being able to start African champs in East London.
‘I have a great support network in Sydney, people I’ve been working with for a long time and who really know my body. I got the ribs checked out and it was confirmed that I had 2 broken ribs.
‘The decision not to race African champs was such a tough call to make but at least I knew it was the only option I had. We weren’t sure how long it would take for the ribs to heal and racing this weekend in Cape Town didn’t look very likely.
‘I had a lot of treatment on the muscles around the ribs and that allowed me to slowly start moving a bit better. I managed to get three weeks of rally good training done in the lead up to Cape Town and I guess I’ll find out tomorrow if that was enough!
‘I did everything I could in the limited time I had and I am really happy to be in a position to race tomorrow. Racing at home is always extra special.’
Asked about her race plans she kept her cards close to her chest (or in her case her ribs!).
’I’m not sure what to expect tomorrow given the compromised preparation I had and also not having raced for 6 weeks. So the plan is just to go out there, focus on the processes and execute to my ability. If I can do that, I’ll be happy.’
The elite men’s race starts at 2pm and the elite men end the day’s action at 4.30pm.