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Corbidge back on triathlon circuit

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 8/08/2016

The setback put paid to her hopes of qualifying for the Rio Olympics and threatened to derail her career. © Getty Images The setback put paid to her hopes of qualifying for the Rio Olympics and threatened to derail her career. Triathlete Sophie Corbidge has completed an emotional return to racing as she completed her first triathlon in over a year and after battling back from health problems.

Corbidge finished 20th in the World Cup even in Montreal, one place ahead of good friend and training partner Nicole van der Kaay.

"It was a pretty emotional day for me, because it's my first race back since July 2015," she said.

Corbidge had to return home early from overseas last year and then took from February to April off to sort out long-term health problems.

The setback put paid to her hopes of qualifying for the Rio Olympics and threatened to derail her career, so she was delighted just to be back racing again.

The Montreal event included several athletes having a last hit-out before they compete at the Olympics, including the winner, Flora Duffy of Bermuda.

"It was important to me to set realistic goals for the race, with the main goal of enjoying being back on the ITU circuit, and focusing on the controllables," Corbidge said.

The 22-year-old Aucklander said her big goal now was to make the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

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