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Another top 10 for Roberts

Our Kate Roberts once again mixed it with the world’s best triathletes and notched up yet another top 10 placing in the ITU World Championships Series in Kitzbuhel, Austria on Sunday.

The talented 27-year-old clocked 2hr 04min 41sec to place just over a minute behind winner Paula Findlay of Canada.

Sixty-two women dived into the Schwarzsee Lake to start the 1.5-kilometre swim, with Americans Sara McLarty and Laura Bennett making their way to the front right from the start. Emma Moffatt (Aus) and Claudia Rivas (Mex) hung on the Americans’ heels as the women started the second swim lap, with the rest of the group getting strung out behind.

McLarty and Bennett broke away on lap two, building a 17-second advantage by the time they exited the lake. Rivas led the group out of the water next, with a pack of 19 women, including Roberts, only seconds behind.

The chasing 19 quickly caught the leading trio out of the water and the group of 22 athletes then proceeded to open a gap of almost 90 seconds halfway through the race. Heading into T2 (Transition Two) for the run, the lead had grown to 1:45. This though is where the group started to split up and Roberts was not able to go with the charging Moffat, Paula Findley, Lisa Norden, Helen Jenkins and Andea Hewitt. These five set a furious pace on the run, so much so, that the normally strong running Moffat and Jenkins were dropped close to the 5km mark.

Roberts, despite dropping off the pace on the run, was having yet another solid race, but the tough bike leg appeared to have taken the sting out of her. Unlike in Hamburg a few weeks ago where she was challenging for a place on the podium, Roberts just did not have the pace to stay with the leaders. But she was still able to hold off New Zealand’s Debbie Tanner by two seconds, to secure her sixth place.

Roberts has now competed in five of the six races of the World Championship Series and finished in the top 10 in four of these. Her consistency makes her a top 10 contender for the grand finale in Budapest from 8-12 September.

Claude Eksteen finished 27th in the men’s race on Saturday.

Elite Women Results
1 Paula Findlay CAN 2hr 03min 03sec
2 Lisa Norden SWE 2:03:06
3 Andrea Hewitt NZL 2:03:10
4 Helen Jenkins GBR 2:04:06
5 Emma Moffatt AUS 2:04:19
6 Kate Roberts RSA 2:04:41
7 Debbie Tanner NZL 2:04:43
8 Laura Bennett  USA  2:04:51
9 Ainhoa Murua ESP  2:04:52
10 Sarah Groff USA  2:04:55