Katie Hewison crowned Duathlon World Champion in Gijon

by Erin Greene on 24 Sep, 2011 09:16 • Español

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Hewison crowned Duathlon World Champion

Light wind and low sun was the perfect environment for Katie Hewison (GBR) to earn her first world title at the 2011 Gijon ITU Duathlon World Championships.

“I had a lot of injuries last year, and wasn’t able to train much, so this is a fantastic result for me,” Hewison said. “I’m really, really happy.”

Hewison proved to be a strong competitor throughout the race, riding and running with the lead group the entire race. However, she never took the lead until the final run portion of the competition.

Instead, it was 2010 runner-up Sandra Levenez (FRA) who wasted no time in making her way to the front. Right from the beginning, she took command of the race, heading up a 12-person run pack on the first lap.

Levenez, determined not to let this year’s title slip away from her, got a head start on the bike with the top runners. Meanwhile, the remaining athletes struggled to form chase groups more than a minute back. A small contingency of just five women, which included Hewison, formed the lead group on the biking portion.

Midway through the bike portion, Levenez sat back and allowed the group to pull her, occasionally giving up her number one spot. She traded places with the leaders, never of who were Hewison. While Levenez pumped the pace of the bike, Hewison strategically drafted in the middle of the group.

It was a decision that paid off, as Hewison quickly overtook Levenez when they put feet to pavement. Hewison pulled nine seconds ahead on the first of two laps, followed by Levenez who ran shoulder to shoulder with Jenny Schulz (GER).

Outside of the stadium, Schulz recovered the nine seconds to speed past Hewison in the last kilometer. However, in a massive last-ditch effort over the final 50 meters, Hewison fought back to blast past Schulz and cross the finish at 2:02:45.

“I had a lot of injuries last year, and wasn’t able to train much, so this is a fantastic result for me,” said Hewison. “I’m really, really happy. I was a little rusty in the beginning, but I found my legs. The bike was really hard and fast at times. I just had to be patient and keep pushing. I am so delighted. Words can’t even tell you.”

Shulz earned silver in 2:02:47, while Levenez settled for third in 2:02:54.

“I defintely didn’t expect this,” said Shulz. “I am very happy with second place. It was a perfect race.”

“I was hoping to win,” said Levenez. “I finished second last year, and I really wanted to win this year. I had some trouble breathing on the run though. I was hoping to hold on, but it didn’t happen.”

Junior Women
Earlier in the day, a contingency of youth females competed in the junior duathlon world championship race. Running specialist Joseline Brea (VEN) used the two run portions of the duathlon to control the race. She bolted to an early 30-second lead after the first transition.

Brea let her lead slip on the bike, allowing the chase pack to close in on the first lap. By midway, four women battled for three medal positions with a 37-second lead. However, Brea proved too fiery on the pavement, and put 26 seconds between her and the group on the final 2.5 km run. She became the new Gijon ITU duathlon junior world champion in 1:03.12.

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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 ITU 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. Joselyn Brea VEN 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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