Gijon Duathlon World Championships Press Conference Highlights

by Erin Greene on 23 Sep, 2011 06:28 • Español

Elite duathlon athletes Rob Woestenborghs (BEL) and Sandra Levenez (FRA) joined Spain’s Victor del Corral and Ana Burgos to answer questions on Friday prior to the 2011Gijon ITU Duathlon World Championships.

Woestenborghs and Levenez each took second place in their respective divisions at the 2010 ITU World Championships and are favoured to medal in Gijon. Corral and Burgos, who both finished just outside of podium position in 2010, will look to place in the top three as they each compete on native turf.

Rob Woestenborghs (BEL)
On Belgians collecting the top three spots in 2010:
“This year is different. Last year, we all had the same advantage on the bike. We were all good on it, but not the best in either the run or bike. This year we have a different time. The two athletes are new. They are better runners than cyclists, so we will have a different strategy.”

On the race course:
“Of course, I like the course in Edinburgh. I like a course that is more than flat. But, this is a championships and there are medals at stake, so I’ll do my best.”

Sandra Levenez (FRA)
On how her race strategy this year differs from 2010:
“The course is very different this year. I will have to adapt. I will do everything possible to do well.”

Ana Burgos (ESP)
On her condition:
“I am in good form. After this, I will compete in another race and then the marathon in Sevilla. After that I hope to be in good form for the next season.”

On advocating for women’s sports in Spain:
“I will collaborate with a women’s race after this. I support women’s sports. I think there are a lot of women in Spain who want to compete but are afraid. They are interested in sport, but afraid to compete.”

Victor Del Corral (ESP)
On his hopes for medaling:
“Last year, I was happy with my finish. I am in good form now. I have not raced in six weeks, so I had plenty of time to get ready for the championships. I hope to be on the podium this year. I prefer triathlon cross because it is more technical, but I’m ready to race.”

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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 KAZ 02:13:32
4. María Ortega De Miguel ESP 02:14:17
5. Ami Haishima JPN 02:14:53
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
Results: Junior Women
1. Joselyn Daniely Brea Abreu VEN 01:03:12
2. Elena Maria Petrini ITA 01:03:37
3. Melina Alonso Aradas ESP 01:03:51
4. Georgina Schwiening GBR 01:04:07
5. Aleksandra Antkiewicz POL 01:04:31
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
Results: Elite Women
1. Katie Hewison GBR 02:02:45
2. Jenny Schulz GER 02:02:47
3. Sandra Levenez FRA 02:02:54
4. Stefanie Bouma NED 02:03:29
5. Ainhoa Murua Zubizarreta ESP 02:03:47
Results: Elite Men
1. Roger Roca Dalmau ESP 01:51:22
2. Victor Manuel Del Corral Morales ESP 01:51:29
3. Benoit Nicolas FRA 01:51:30
4. Sergey Yakovlev RUS 01:51:35
5. Matt Russell USA 01:51:36
Results: 80-84 Male AG
1. Edward Maruna USA 04:35:18
Results: 75-79 Male AG
1. Raino Kiander FIN 02:34:18
2. Wolfgang Funk GER 02:44:43
3. Arnott Kidd GBR 02:51:45
4. Eric Barber GBR 02:58:49
5. David Peck GBR 03:05:01
Results: 75-79 Female AG
1. Gabriele Pelz GER 04:20:28
Results: 70-74 Male AG
1. Francesco Fiori ITA 02:25:07
2. Warren Taylor USA 02:35:56
3. James Girand USA 02:47:02
4. Frank Lalo FRA 03:05:00
5. Ray Bunn GBR 03:10:56
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