British Triathlon Federation Pallant and Dijkstra win World Duathlon Golds

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Pallant and Dijkstra win World Duathlon Golds

Emma Pallant and Ben Dijkstra have won gold medals at the ITU World Duathlon Championships in Australia with Mark Buckingham taking bronze.

Date Published: 17 October 2015

Pallant won gold in the elite women’s event, finishing ahead of Ai Ueda of Japan and Sandra Levenez, the defending champion from France. She stayed with the leaders throughout, before running away on the final 5km run to break the tape more than thirty seconds ahead of Ueda.

Pallant tweeted: “Thank you for all the amazing support! World Champion sounds pretty sweet, thank you.”

Sixteen-year-old Dijkstra won the junior men’s event, beating older competitors to secure his first world title. Jimmy Kershaw was sixth.

Dijkstra commented: “Can't believe that I can now say that I'm a World Junior Duathlon Champion!!”

The senior men’s event was won by Spain’s Emilio Martin and Mark Buckingham ran through into a brilliant bronze. Phil Wylie was seventh.

Buckingham was pleased with bronze, tweeting: “3rd. Odd race, mega on the first run, got attacked the whole bike, cramped off the bike. Thanks for the support. Season done.”

Tomorrow sees the Age-Group events in both sprint and standard distance.

Results, ITU World Duathlon Championships, Adelaide, Australia

Elite women: 10km run, 40km bike, 5km run
1. Emma Pallant, GBR, 1:58:21
2. Ai Ueda, JPN, 1:58:51
3. Sandra Levenez, FRA, 1:59:24

Elite men: 10km run, 40km bike, 5km run
1. Emilio Martin, ESP, 1:47:11
2. Benoit Nicolas, FRA, 1:47:19
3. Mark Buckingham, GBR, 1:48:09
7. Philip Wylie, GBR, 1:50:23

Junior men: 5km run, 20km bike, 2.5km run
1. Ben Dijkstra, GBR, 53:12
2. Luke Willian, AUS, 53:24
3. Daniel Canala, AUS, 53:34
6. Jimmy Kershaw, GBR, 55:03



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