Morrison, Aernouts Take Duathlon World Titles

by Brad Culp on 05 Sep, 2010 06:05 • Español

Scotland’s Catriona Morrison thrilled the crowd on hand to watch the 2010 ITU Duathlon World Championship in Edinburgh today, winning on home soil to take the fourth ITU Duathlon World Title of her illustrious career. Morrison won the ITU Long Distance Duathlon World Championship in 2007 and 2008, after winning Duathlon Worlds at the standard distance in 2006.

Today’s race took place in Edinburgh’s historic Holyrood Park, which served up one of the most challenging Duathlon World Champs courses of all time. The relentlessly hilly course consisted of a 10K run, followed by a 38.4K bike, and finished with a 5K run.

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Morrison, the heavy favourite entering the race, finished the gruelling course in 2:02:47, to top France’s Sandra Levenez by 18 seconds. It was the second year in a row that Levenez finished in the runner-up spot at the Duathlon World Championship, having finished second to Czech Vendula Frintova in Concord, North Carolina, USA last season. Australia’s Felecity Sheddy-Ryan finished a distant third in her first-ever Duathlon World Champs, rounding out the podium in 2:06:14.

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The men’s Elite competition was all about the Belgians, who pulled off an unprecedented podium sweep, with Bart Aernouts taking top honours in 1:50:22. It’s the biggest result of the 26-year-old’s career, after finishing third at the 2008 Duathlon World Champs. Aernouts topped countryman Rob Woestenborghs by 22 seconds. Fellow Belgian Joerie Vansteelant, younger brother of the late Benny Vansteelant (four-time ITU Duathlon World Champion), rounded out the men’s podium, finishing six seconds behind Woestenborghs.

Related Event: 2010 Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships
03 - 05 Sep, 2010 • event pageall results
Results: U23 Women
1. Sophie Coleman GBR 02:15:02
2. Lois Rosindale GBR 02:15:56
3. Alice Capone ITA 02:20:41
4. Ami Haishima JPN 02:24:12
5. Romana Slavinec AUT 02:25:51
Results: U23 Men
1. Etienne Diemunsch FRA 01:53:33
2. Matthew Gunby GBR 01:54:27
3. Oscar Vicente ESP 01:56:01
4. Felix Duchampt FRA 01:57:23
5. Ritchie Nicholls GBR 01:57:43
Results: Junior Men
1. Uxio Abuin Ares ESP 01:03:52
2. Michael Gosman AUS 01:04:02
3. Jose Luis Cordova MEX 01:04:08
4. José Veiga POR 01:04:16
5. Hugo Alves POR 01:04:21
Results: Junior Women
1. Sofie Hooghe BEL 01:12:44
2. Marjon Van Der Wansem NED 01:13:32
3. Liis-Grete Arro EST 01:16:15
4. Elinor Thorogood GBR 01:16:55
5. Cindy Schwulst RSA 01:21:50
Results: Elite Women
1. Catriona Morrison GBR 02:02:47
2. Sandra Levenez FRA 02:03:05
3. Felicity Sheedy-Ryan AUS 02:06:14
4. Jenny Schulz GER 02:06:20
5. Ana Burgos Acuña ESP 02:06:42
Results: Elite Men
1. Bart Aernouts BEL 01:50:22
2. Rob Woestenborghs BEL 01:50:23
3. Joerie Vansteelant BEL 01:50:30
4. Victor Manuel Del Corral Morales ESP 01:51:06
5. Sergio Silva POR 01:51:45
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