Emilio Martin Bolts to First Duathlon World Championship Title

by Erin Greene on 22 Sep, 2012 08:26 • Español

Loaded with previous world championship medallists, the battle for the men’s podium at the 2012 Nancy ITU Duathlon World Championships was hard fought. After a technical bike that saw a strong group of men ride together, Spain’s Emilio Martin overtook Belgium’s Antoine Duvivier down the finish chute for his first world title. Duvivier returned to the podium for the first time since 2009 with a silver medal, while France’s Benoit Nicolas earned his second consecutive world championship bronze.

“I wasn’t one of the favourites, I was one of the last ones to qualify for the championships, but I knew I could be in the top three,” Martin said. “I’m very happy with the victory.”

With everyone’s eye on the prize, within the first two kilometres of the initial 10km run, a dozen men merged together to form a lead pack, with Duvivier at the helm. Some dangerous men ran in the top group, including Portugal’s Sergio Silva. Midway through the six-lap run, speedy Silva emerged to head the group, consequently dropping three athletes.

With the Portugese leading, a pack of nine headed to the bike course with a 30-second advantage. A small chase group trailed thirty seconds behind, while a second chase group was a minute down.

The main chase pack slowly made up ground, gaining five seconds on the leaders midway through the bike. Duvivier, Etienne Diemunsch (FRA), and Gregory Rouault (FRA) arrived at the transition first, and took off for the final quick five kilometres, hotly trailed by a contingency of men hungry for a medal.

One of those men was Martin who joined the leaders on the first lap of the run. With two kilometres to go, Martin attempted to break away, but couldn’t shake Duvivier. In an all-out flurry to the finish, Martin finally bolted ahead in the chute just metres before the finish. He claimed his first world title by just three seconds in 1 hour, 40 minutes and 40 seconds. Duvivier crossed over next in 1:40:43.

“I did the best I could,” Duvivier said. “I didn’t expect Martin to win. I didn’t know who he was. He tried twice to outdistance us, and he finally did at the entrance to the finish. I wasn’t able to follow him.”

Benoit had a monster run to overtake a handful of men off the bike. He flew to his second consecutive bronze in 1:40:47.

“I am really, really happy,” Benoit said. “I had a great second run. It was great to compete in front of friends and family. Just after the finish line, I ran over to my family and friends before the official podium photo.”

Junior and U23 Men:
Earlier in the day, the junior men competed in the sprint distance of duathlon. In a sprint to the finish, Richard Horton (GBR) took home gold in 49:42, just edging out Matthias Steinwandter (ITA) by two seconds. Behind them, another fight for the podium was going on between Bob Haller (LUX) and Brandon Hargreaves (AUS). The bronze went to Haller who clocked in just two seconds ahead of Hargreaves in 49:56. 

France had much to cheer for in the men’s U23 race, as two of the top three spots went to the French. Frenchman Thomas Andre was first to cross over in 1:41:08, followed by Albert Moreno Molins of Spain in 1:41:39 and France’s Felix Duchampt in 1:42:02.

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Related Event: 2012 Nancy ITU Duathlon World Championships
22 - 23 Sep, 2012 • event pageall results
Results: U23 Women
1. Alexandra Cassan Ferrier FRA 01:56:44
2. Sofie Hooghe BEL 01:59:36
3. Melina Alonso ESP 02:00:13
4. Miriam Casillas García ESP 02:00:23
DNF. Tamara Gomez Garrido ESP 00:00:00
DNF. Agnieszka Cieslak POL 00:00:00
DNF. Petra Fasungova SVK 00:00:00
DNF. Talisa Van Der Fluit NED 00:00:00
Results: U23 Men
1. Thomas André FRA 01:41:08
2. Albert Moreno Molins ESP 01:41:39
3. Felix Duchampt FRA 01:42:02
4. Kenneth Vandendriessche BEL 01:43:03
5. Jose Luis Cordova MEX 01:43:13
6. Tim Van Hemel BEL 01:43:26
7. Pieter Heemeryck BEL 01:43:48
8. Edgar Espinoza MEX 01:47:40
9. Francisco Vicente Macia Garcia ESP 01:48:19
10. Pedro Antonio Lopez De Haro ESP 01:48:38
Results: Junior Women
1. Georgia Taylor-Brown GBR 00:58:27
2. Georgina Schwiening GBR 00:58:40
3. Jeanne Lehair FRA 00:58:59
4. Jocelyn Daniely Brea Abreu ITU 00:59:07
5. Celia Bremond FRA 00:59:12
6. Lisa Schanung ITA 00:59:17
7. Ine Couckuyt BEL 00:59:18
8. Laura Gomez Ramon ESP 00:59:27
9. Sveva Fascetti ITA 01:00:18
10. Jodie Berry RSA 01:01:41
Results: Junior Men
1. Richard Horton GBR 00:49:42
2. Matthias Steinwandter ITA 00:49:44
3. Bob Haller LUX 00:49:56
4. Brandon Hargreaves AUS 00:49:58
5. Simon Viain FRA 00:50:02
6. Cesar Saracho MEX 00:50:05
7. Nan Oliveras ESP 00:50:08
8. Liam Lloyd GBR 00:50:12
9. Jorik Van Egdom NED 00:50:14
10. Anders Lund Hansen DEN 00:50:19
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