Emma Pallant pulls out Duathlon win

by ITU on 17 Oct, 2015 11:44 • Español

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.

“During the bike the three of us were working as a team to stay away but when Gillian came up to us it suddenly became a lot more tactical and we kept trying to break each other,” Pallant said. “I knew the quality of girls around me and I knew it was going to be a fight to finish, but I felt good going onto the final run.”

Pallant’s task was made a little easier when Ueda was forced to serve a time penalty before heading onto the final five kilometre run.

“I didn’t realise Ueda had been penalised until she stopped, suddenly I thought where has she gone. I just tried to stay in my rhythm and tried to stay nice and relaxed.”

“I felt comfortable throughout the final 5km and I have been working a lot on my sprint finish, so I was comfortable about how I would react if someone ran up to me. But with one km to go my coach told me I had a 15 second gap so I knew that no-one was going to come past me.”

Pallant, a bronze as a junior at the World Track and Field Championships over 1500m and a former European Cross Country champion has been working with Dillon since 2012 to make the jump across to multisport.

“In that time I have learned so much. It is a really hard transition to go from being a runner to learning to run off the bike. It is a whole new skill.”

“I have always been a runner, so this win feels even more special because it has been a different challenge. The race culminates three years of hard work with Team Dillon who have been really patient and had amazing belief in me,” said the delighted new world champion.

Women’s under 23
Young Sunshine Coast Aussie, Annelise Jefferies, is her nation’s newest world champion holding off a determined challenge from Giorgia Priarone (ITA) to secure the under 23 world duathlon title.

An excited Jefferies was quick to thank her Aussie team mate Sarah Crowley for the unplanned ‘on course’ mentoring session she believes helped her win gold.

“In the first 10km I went out a bit fast and got a little bit excited and with each lap I was dropping back. Then Sarah Crowley came along and helped me through the rest of the first run telling me to relax.”

“On the bike we were gaining on Giorgia and then we formed a small pack. With small attacks and started to try and burn their legs but we couldn’t get away from them.”

“I had a fantastic T2 and Sarah caught up to me and mentored me through the final 5km. It was a great team effort, totally unplanned but amazing. It was great to see that sort of team spirit.”

“I had planned to race under 23 at the World Triathlon Championships but I got injured for a few months (femoral splints) and that set that goal back. So I had to re-evaluate and set myself a new goal, I am pretty happy with how it all turned out and totally stoked about winning the world title,” she said.

Junior Women
South African sensation, 16 year old Gizelde Strauss dominated the junior women’s race from start to finish cruising home to record the biggest win of her young career.

“I love racing in the heat so the conditions were ideal, nice and sunny. The course was great for both running and cycling. I am only sixteen so It is great to have a world title at such a young age. It feels really good,” Strauss said.

With Strauss in control on the final 2.5km run leg, it was left to Katherine Badham (NZL) and Sayu Arizono (JPN) to battled it out for the remaining medals, with Savannah Wayner (AUS) finishing fourth.

All files by Noel McMahon

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Related Event: 2015 Adelaide ITU Duathlon World Championships
17 - 18 Oct, 2015 • event pageall results
Results: 16-19 Female AG Sprint
1. Joanne Miller AUS 01:04:16
2. Brittany Yarde AUS 01:06:57
3. Alexandra Ogden AUS 01:09:24
4. Hayley Stanford AUS 01:09:34
5. Brandi Alberts AUS 01:10:22
6. Briley Zimmerman NZL 01:10:32
7. Catherine Barlin AUS 01:11:07
8. Madeleine Gordon AUS 01:11:24
9. Alice Cuthbert NZL 01:12:34
10. Sophie Bright NZL 01:13:47
Results: 16-19 Male AG Sprint
1. Matt Smith AUS 00:56:56
2. Dean Cane AUS 00:56:56
3. Cameron Low NZL 00:57:39
4. Cameron Richardson GBR 00:57:43
5. Christian Davey NZL 00:57:48
6. Damon Boag AUS 00:57:55
7. Tyler Allan AUS 00:58:06
8. Zak Wheaton AUS 00:58:07
9. Thomas Westend NZL 00:58:07
10. Declan Irvine AUS 00:58:44
Results: 18-19 Male AG
1. Benjamin Walton AUS 01:59:32
2. Daniel Bluff GBR 02:05:58
3. Ben Snider-Mcgrath CAN 02:08:39
4. Ronan Phillips Johns AUS 02:11:12
5. John Micklethwaite GBR 02:13:46
6. Benjamin Hindley GBR 02:22:49
7. Joel Atkin GBR 02:32:25
Results: 20-24 Female AG
1. Laura Wolfson AUS 02:14:34
2. Fiona Bracegirdle GBR 02:15:05
3. Taneil Davidson AUS 02:15:14
4. Marissa Graham NZL 02:15:16
5. Emma Scally AUS 02:17:46
6. Sheree Mclean NZL 02:22:15
7. Laura Auberson AUS 02:26:25
8. Phoebe Savage AUS 02:31:12
9. Jess Madsen AUS 02:31:17
10. Mei Sakamoto JPN 02:34:57
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