Karina Kaufmann will once more be getting into the GB saddle at the weekend when she takes part in the ITU world duathlon championships in Denmark.
The mother-of-four from East Finchley has overcome a late injury – a double sprain on her right ankle – and is now raring to go. She said: “I will do everything possible to hit that start line in as best shape as possible. I get horrid race nerves, but I think it’s because representing age-group GBR team means so much to me. I always feel amazing as I am crossing the finish line. I am really looking forward to that moment.”
Saying she’s aiming to for at least a top-15 world placing – and a top-six place within Team GB – she says: “It’s the best feeling in the world to wear my team GB kit, it’s a relatively small field but all the ladies are super-fast and the best from their country so the competition is going to be tough.”
Sponsored by Skybound Capital, as well as receiving support from Seven Feet Apart – whose sneakers shell be wearing, she’ll also be sporting her own training company Freerange Fitness. “I’m itching to go”, she adds, “and at the end I’ll be grabbing a big union jack to celebrate with my teammates, my parents and two of my four daughters that will be coming to watch me.”
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