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Pallant, Martin win ITU Duathlon World Champs

Emma Pallant - ITU Duathlon

ITU Duathlon World Champs : Adelaide, Australia –  The Adelaide World Duathlon lived up to its promise providing the world’s best duathletes with ideal race conditions of glorious sunshine, gentle winds and a passionate, vocal crowd. Provided with the perfect recipe for inspiration, the Elite, under 23 and Junior athletes responded with an array of simply stunning performances.

Emma Pallant and Emelio Martin crowned ITU Duathlon World Champions

Europeans Emma Pallant (GBR) and Emilio Martin (ESP) stole the show Down Under when they were crowned Duathlon World Champions at the 2015 Adelaide ITU Duathlon World Championships on Saturday.

Women’s review
Former junior track and field star, Emma Pallant (GBR) scored a strong win for Great Britain, putting pay to the hopes of world champion Sandra Levenez (FRA) going back to back in Adelaide.

Holding off a fast finishing Ai Ueda (JAP) and relegating Levenez to an uncharacteristic third place, Pallant replicated the world duathlon title win of her coach Michelle Dillon a decade earlier here in Australia.

Midway through the 40km cycle leg Levenez, Ueda and Pallant thought they had the podium sorted but Gillian Backhouse (AUS) had other plans, charging through the final laps of the bike to make the cosy trio, a very nervous quartet.

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1.     Emma Pallant     GBR     GB     01:58:21
2.     Ai Ueda     JPN     JP     01:58:51
3.     Sandra Levenez     FRA     FR     01:59:24
4.     Gillian Backhouse     AUS     AU     02:00:07
5.     Chelsea Burns     USA     US     02:01:20
6.     Courtney Gillfillan     AUS     AU     02:01:33
7.     Yuko Takahashi     JPN     JP     02:02:29
8.     Sarah Crowley     AUS     AU     02:05:50
9.     Annelise Jefferies     AUS     AU     02:05:51
10.     Giorgia Priarone     ITA     IT     02:06:20

Men’s review
The elite men’s race was a demonstration of high speed running and power cycling with the return of Emelio Martin (ESP) to the world championship winner’s circle.

The men’s race was one of attrition from the gun with Martin throwing caution to the wind. Leading from start to finish he showed his class and left nothing in the tank, regaining the title he first won in 2012 in Nancy, to hold off the defending Benoit Nicolas (FRA) and Mark Buckingham (GBR).

“It is very important to win here because three years ago I won and last year I came third. This year I came out with race number four and I took a chance and I won. I am very happy to win this championship for Spain,” Martin said.

Former champion Rob Woestenborghs (BEL) was unable to regain his title in his final world championship appearance but his fourth place showed he is still a force in the duathlon world.

“This is my last season and my last world championship but I have another two races Powerman in the Phillipines and then a local race in my neighbourhood to celebrate my career and then I will finish. I am 39 so it is time to do other things in my life, spend more time with my children.”

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1.     Emilio Martin     ESP     ES     01:47:11
2.     Benoit Nicolas     FRA     FR     01:47:19
3.     Mark Buckingham     GBR     GB     01:48:09
4.     Rob Woestenborghs     BEL     BE     01:48:35
5.     Yohan Le Berre     FRA     FR     01:48:47
6.     Matthew Mcelroy     USA     US     01:49:39
7.     Philip Wylie     GBR     GB     01:50:23
8.     Dylan Evans     AUS     AU     01:50:28
9.     Tadashi Mori     JPN     JP     01:50:31
10.     Jose Luis Cordova     MEX     MX     01:50:32

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