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Emma Pooley wins Embrunman
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Sunday 16th August 2015


Tags  Embrun  |  Embrunman  |  Emma Pooley  |  Joel Jameson


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Two weeks ago she won the Alpe d'Huez Long Course Triathlon - and on Saturday the current ITU Powerman World Long Distance Duathlon Champion Emma Pooley was back in France, with even bigger hills, to take a comprehensive win at the infamous Embrunman triathlon.

With a bike course that features an additional 8km over the regular iron-distance, this is no standard long course race. Over 5,000 metres of climbing on the bike including the 2300metre summit of the Col d'Izoard make this a very tough challenge - but one clearly suited to a women regarded as one of the best climbers of her generation during her professional cycling career. Pooley is no stranger to tough races either, in 2013 choosing to race (and win) the Swissman Xtreme Triathlon. Her Powerman Zofingen win was on a course well known for its tough challenges. That's a race in which she obliterated the course record and took victory by a margin of 32 minutes.

At Embrun, a 1:03:35 swim was a solid start in by far her weakest discipline, and while around five minutes down on the swim leaders that was never going to be crucial in this race. The bike, of course, saw her set the fastest split - the 6:31:44 reflecting the severity of the course - which was 22 minutes faster than second placed Jeanne Collonge (FRA). Pooley is a fine runner too, with a 2:44:28 open marathon on her CV, and a 3:14:37 run to finish the day (also the fastest), resulted in a 37 minute victory margin. Not only that, but we are pretty sure that the EUR 18,000 first prize will be the biggest pay day of either her professional cycling or triathlon careers to date.

Great Britain's Joel Jameson also raced, finishing seventh (which is in the prize money too, EUR 4,000...), ending a very tough day in 10:23:54 and closing with an impressive sub-three hour marathon (2:59:04).

Victory in the men's race went to Croatia's Andrej Vistica, who was the only athlete to break the six hour mark on the bike (5:53:35), to which he added a 2:53:38 run to come home 12 minutes clear of the Bella Bayliss coached Victor Del Corral Morales (ESP), with James Cunnama (RSA) again on the Embrun podium in third. They were the only three athletes to break the ten hour barrier.

Pooley's time places her 16th overall from a field of almost 1,300 starters.

Embrunman - Saturday 15th August 2015
3.8km / 188km / 42.2km

Pos Men Women
1st Andrej Vistica (CRO) 9:44:45 Emma Pooley (GBR) 10:57:56
2nd Victor Del Corral Morales (ESP) 9:56:49 Jeanne Collonge (FRA) 11:34:51
3rd James Cunnama (RSA) 9:57:39 Linda Guinoiseau (FRA)11:35:25
4th Marek Jaskola (POL) 10:11:00 Stephanie Raymond (FRA) 11:39:01
5th Marcel Zamora (ESP) 10:16:10 Isabelle Ferrer (FRA) 11:49:34

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