Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
3 minute read
1 Dec 2019
2:47 pm

Women in Sport: Doing it properly … one last time

Wesley Botton

Gillian Sanders was going to wind down a stellar triathlon career. Then a promising start to 2019 rekindled an Olympic dream.

Athlete Gillian Sanders from South Africa pours water over her head as she competes on the run leg during the women's Elite race of Vattenfall World Triathlon Stockholm on August 26, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images for WTS)

A year ago, Gillian Sanders was considering calling time on her career, but after a cracking season-opener on home soil she decided to keep going. Now, as she heads into a new Olympic season, a rejuvenated Sanders hopes to retain her place as the country’s top female triathlete by putting up a fight at the 2020 Tokyo Games. “It has been a bit of an up-and-down year,” the 38-year-old athlete admitted this week from her base in London. It started well, however, after she finished fifth at the World Cup race in Cape Town in February, and that was all...