Melbourne’s Kaitlin Donner took another step toward her moment of truth, finishing 21st in last weekend’s ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi.
“I am pleased with knowing what I can change and learning more about myself as a racer at the Olympic distance but I can’t say I am pleased with the outcome,” said Donner who is peaking toward the May 15 race in Yokohama, Japan. It serves as the final U.S. Olympic Selection Event for the 2016 Summer Games in Brazil.
Donner kept pace with the majority of the pack in Abu Dhabi, running in the top 10-15 for the first six kilometers before dropping back.
“I honestly have not even looked at the results,” she said. “I think the overall time was just under two hours (1:58:15).”
Her splits were 19:33 for the swim, 1:00:27 for the bike and 36:56 for the run with 39 seconds in each of the two transitions.
Great Britain’s Jodie Stimpson won in 1:56:09.
“It sets me up hungry to race again for Sarasota (this weekend’s Sarasota Pan American Cup sprint distance race),” Donner said of the Abu Dhabi results.
Donner races at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the CAMTRI Sprint Championships Elite Women event.
“I also will be competing in the Mixed Team Relay event Sunday in Sarasota,” she said.
Beyond lies Yokohama where Donner needs to finish in the top two among American women and no lower than eighth to make the Olympic squad.
“The goal is to be as fit as I can be and ready to go for that event,” she said.