Pooley, Odeyn score titles in Zofingen

by Erin Greene on 04 Sep, 2016 04:56

Emma Pooley (GBR) and Seppe Odeyn (BEL) won the 28th Powerman Zofingen the 2016 ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships on Sunday, setting a new record as the first woman to win three of the world titles in a row over the 10km run, 150km cycle, 30km run course.

Women’s Review
Olympic cyclist Emma Pooley continued to impress the multisport world when she won the Long Distance Duathlon world crown for the third consecutive time. Although she didn’t break her own course record, she won the title in a line to line dominant performance. 

Behind her, Nina Brenn (SUI) made it onto her first World Championship podium with silver, improving her 2015 performance by three spots. The women were together on the first 10km run, but Pooley’s cycling skills proved too strong on the 150km bike. Pooley then secured her gold medal with a solid 30km run. 

Susanne Svendsen (DEN) rounded out the podium with a bronze medal for the second year in a row.

Men’s Review
In the men’s race Seppe Odeyn (BEL) won his first-ever World Championship title, upgrading his 2015 silver for gold. Despite trailing in eight place on the first 10km run, falling behind then-leader Felix Köhler (GER) by more than a minute, Odeyn made up the time on the cycle, pulling even with the German. The Belgian then split the final 30km run five minutes faster than Kohler for the win. 

Kohler took an impressive second place in just his first ITU race as an elite. Last year, he raced in the men’s 30-34 age group race, which he won by nearly 20 minutes.

Søren Bystrup (DEN) stepped on the podium for third, taking the bronze for the second consecutive time.

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