France golden in Duathlon Team Relay

by Erin Greene on 26 Sep, 2011 05:59 • Español

The world’s fastest elite duathletes turned out to represent their countries once more before heading home in the mixed elite relay at the 2011 Gijon ITU Duathlon World Championships.

Newly crowned Duathlon world champion Katie Hewison (GBR) got her team out to a head start in the sprint race, completing the 2km run, 8 km bike and 1 km run first. Sandra Levenez (FRA), who secured bronze in the individual event, followed just a metre behind to tag her teammate next.

Competing with the elites for the relay, U23 world champion Etienne Diemusch (FRA) immediately set out to equal the pace of Great Britain’s Matthew Gunby. The two ran and rode together until Gunby blasted through the final lap to give Great Britain a slight lead.

The third member of the British relay, Georgina Schwiening maintained the team’s lead, but a slow transition allowed France’s Sabrina Monmarteau to catch her on the sprint bike leg. Even yet again, Nicholas Benoit (FRA), who finished fourth in the individual race due to a smoldering final run, wasted no time in unleashing his speed.

Benoit continued to distance himself from British anchor Mark Buckingham on the bike. With just one kilometre to run, Benoit once again hammered the final run, earning a team gold for France with an overall time of 1:26:07. Great Britain secured silver, finishing 11 seconds behind, while Spain won the battle for third at 1:28:23.

In the junior race, the Italian team built an insurmountable lead straight from the beginning. No team could compare, especially when junior champion Matthias Steinwadnater anchored the relay. He built on an already sizeable distance to easily bring home the gold for Italy by almost a minute in 1:29:47.


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Related Event: 2011 Gijon ITU Duathlon World Championships
24 - 25 Sep, 2011 • event pageall results
Results: U23 Women
1. Alexandra Cassan Ferrier FRA 02:05:43
2. Sofie Hooghe BEL 02:09:24
3. Arina Shulgina RUS 02:13:32
4. María Ortega De Miguel ESP 02:14:17
5. Ami Haishima JPN 02:14:53
6. Tomomi Kurihara JPN 02:24:01
DNF. Alice Capone ITA 00:00:00
DNF. Elena Danilova RUS 00:00:00
DNF. Nelmare Loubser RSA 00:00:00
DNF. Thays Dos Santos BRA 00:00:00
Results: U23 Men
1. Etienne Diemunsch FRA 01:50:36
2. Matthew Gunby GBR 01:51:40
3. Miguel Arraiolos POR 01:51:51
4. Fernando Alarza ESP 01:51:54
5. Miguel Angel Fidalgo ESP 01:52:28
6. Jesus Gomar GEO 01:52:32
7. Maciej Kubiak POL 01:52:50
8. Tim Van Hemel BEL 01:53:01
9. Uxio Abuin Ares ESP 01:56:06
10. José Estrangeiro POR 01:56:56
Results: Junior Women
1. Jocelyn Daniely Brea Abreu ITU 01:03:12
2. Elena Maria Petrini ITA 01:03:37
3. Melina Alonso ESP 01:03:51
4. Georgina Schwiening GBR 01:04:07
5. Aleksandra Antkiewicz POL 01:04:31
6. Rita Lopes POR 01:04:32
7. Laura Gomez Ramon ESP 01:04:37
8. Xisca Tous ESP 01:04:45
9. Ana Paula Huerta MEX 01:04:45
10. Liis-Grete Arro EST 01:05:00
Results: Junior Men
1. Matthias Steinwandter ITA 00:56:31
2. David Mendoza MEX 00:56:36
3. David Castro Fajardo ESP 00:56:36
4. Nan Oliveras ESP 00:56:38
5. Delian Stateff ITA 00:56:42
6. Rodolphe Von Berg USA 00:56:49
7. Michael Pienaar RSA 00:56:55
8. Rhys Park GBR 00:56:59
9. Anton Melnikov RUS 00:57:06
10. Antonio Benito ESP 00:57:09
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