2011 Duathlon World Champions to be crowned in Gijon

by Merryn Sherwood on 20 Sep, 2011 02:24 • Español

It’s time for the run-bike-run to take centre stage in Spain this weekend, at the 2011 ITU Gijon Duathlon World Championships.

The elite men’s and women’s world duathlon championships have attracted big fields, but this Spanish coastal city will also host the junior, U23 men’s and women’s races, age-group sprint and regular distance, as well as an elite paraduathlon in an action-packed weekend.

The elite men’s and women’s titles will be decided in Gijon over a 10km run, 40km bike leg and then a 5km run. The elite mixed team relay will be run across parts of the elite course, but with each athlete completing a 2km run, 7.6km bike leg and then a 1km sprint before tagging the next athlete. The course has a few hills and technical turns in the bike lap, which is sure to make things interesting as the world’s best duathletes battle it out.

Elite Women’s Preview
Catriona Morrison has dominated duathlon in recent years, but in 2011 it’s time for a new woman to step on top of the podium in Gijon. With Morrison not on the start, instead it’s time to look at athletes like current European Champion Sandra Levenez from France. Levenez finished second Morrison last year and second to Vendula Frintova (CZE) the year before, but won this year’s European title in Limerick and will wear the No.1 in Gijon.

Those challenging her will be, Venezuela’s Karla Urbina – the current Pan American duathlon champion, Asian champion Airi Sawada from Japan, last year’s European champion Ruth van der Meijden from the Netherlands.

The Spanish team is also set to be strong at home, with regular Dextro Energy Triathlon Series top-20 finisher Ainhoa Murua racing at home, as well as 2009 duathlon world titles bronze medallist Ana Burgos, Immacukada Pereiro and Estefania Dominguez.

Click here to view the women’s start list

Elite Men’s Preview
With the late withdrawal of 2-time ITU Triathlon World Champion Javier Gomez and with Bart Aernouts (BEL) not back to defend his world championship, the top spot on the podium is up for grabs.  Spain’s top hope is likely Victor Manuel Del Corral Morales – a multisport specialist. He finished fourth in last year’s duathlon world championships, second in this year’s European duathlon titles and won the European Cross Triathlon title. Even with the home crowd support, he’ll be in tough with reigning European champion Benoit Nicholas (FRA) eyeing the championship.  Nicholas will be making his Duathlon world championships debut in Gijon this Saturday.

Belgium will still be well represented with Rob Woestenborghs in the field.  He’s tasted victory in this event before, taking the Duathlon world title in 2008 in Rimini, Italy.  Woestenborghs was also runner-up last year in Edinburgh and will be targeting a fourth podium finish at the Duathlon world championships.

Another to watch is Sergio Silva of Portugal, he’s finished in the top-5 in the world championships four times previously, including a bronze at the 2007 championships in Gyor, Hungary. 

In a big field of 56, it’s Mexico’s Ramos Herrera who will wear No.1. The current Pan American champ finished seventh at last year’s duathlon worlds. Japan and the USA have both sent big teams of six athletes, while Spain has the most athletes in the men’s race with seven.

Click here to view the men’s start list

The 2011 Gijon ITU Duathlon World Championships get underway when the women’s elite and U23 field starts at 11.45 (local time) on September 24, followed by the men’s elite and U23 start at 14.45. The elite mixed team relay is on Sunday September 25 at 15.00 (local time).  Click here for live coverage from Gijon, Spain.  Check www.triathlon.org for photo galleries, results and full recaps after the races.

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24 - 25 Sep, 2011 • event pageall results
Results: 75-79 Male AG Sprint
1. Jaime Ruiz Peña ESP 01:34:48
2. Jose Manuel Rodriguez Carrasco ESP 01:41:38
Results: 70-74 Male AG Sprint
1. William Walsh USA 01:39:08
Results: 70-74 Female AG Sprint
1. Margaret Bomberg USA 02:23:31
Results: 65-69 Male AG Sprint
1. Edward Snelling GBR 01:07:12
2. Ron Vankoughnett CAN 01:16:56
3. John Allen AUS 01:17:26
4. Mike Mccarty USA 01:20:40
5. Bill Arnerich USA 01:21:54
Results: 65-69 Female AG Sprint
1. Sandra Davis USA 01:33:46
Results: 60-64 Male AG Sprint
1. Dave Littlemore GBR 01:04:08
2. George Poirier FRA 01:07:16
3. Fernando Pombo POR 01:09:51
4. Gerhard Lutz GER 01:12:55
5. Yannick Chouë De La Mettrie FRA 01:16:38
Results: 60-64 Female AG Sprint
1. Alexis Dinsmor GBR 01:25:44
Results: 55-59 Male AG Sprint
1. Gerhard Schlüter GER 01:04:02
2. Russ Jones USA 01:04:32
3. Jose Mariscal Perez ESP 01:06:36
4. Mike Morris GBR 01:06:45
5. Angus Gallie GBR 01:06:53
Results: 55-59 Female AG Sprint
1. Patty Peoples-Resh USA 01:09:01
2. Shelly Bloom USA 01:20:42
3. Christine Haudebourg FRA 01:21:32
4. Diane Patton USA 01:29:27
5. Joan Mcgue USA 01:33:14
Results: 50-54 Male AG Sprint
1. Dean Maruna USA 01:02:58
2. Klaus Veitinger GER 01:03:16
3. Greg Pelican USA 01:03:20
4. Tom Resh USA 01:03:31
5. Bobby Gonzales USA 01:04:08
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