By Mark Etheridge
South Africans Kate Roberts, Gill Sanders and Carlyn Fischer acquitted themselves well as the race to secure an Olympic Games spot continued in San Diego, California on Saturday.
The cut-off for triathlon qualification is the end of May and Roberts’ late resurgence of form, coupled with her good start to the lengthy qualification period, looks to have sealed her spot.
She needs to finish in the top 47 on the Olympic rankings and yesterday’s result in the second ITU World Series event of the year sees her in 18th spot after covering the 1500-metre swim, 40km bike ride and 10km cycle in 2:02:31.
Britain’s Helen Jenkins won the women’s elite race in 1:58:21.
Sanders, now based in London ahead of the Games, ended 34th in 2:04:08 and is in 58th spot, just outside contention although she did provisionally book a place at the Games by virtue of winning African Championships in Mauritius earlier this year.
However when one takes into account that a good few athletes already ahead of her may have booked their spot through other routes, she gets even closer.
All Africa Games champion Carlyn Fischer ended 50th in 2:06:20 but had already told Road to London 2012 at the Games in Maputo last year that she had too much catching up to do to get into Olympic contention. She’s currently in 84th spot.
In Sunday’s men’s elite race our Richard Murray will be hoping to build on this runners-up spot in the Sydney leg of the World Series earlier this month. He finds himself 43rd on the Olympic rankings.