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Emma Pooley defends Powerman World Champs
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 7th September 2015

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Emma Pooley and Gaël Le Bellec defend ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championship titles in Zofingen, Switzerland

Former World Champion cyclist and Olympic Silver medallist now targets Ironman Wales...

Women's Review

Great Britain's Emma Pooley dominated the 2014 edition of this race, and off the back of recent wins at Alpe d'Huez Long Course and Embrunman, the Zurich-based former professional cyclist dominated once again to take another World Championship title. Regarded as the best climber of her generation in the peloton, the diminutive Pooley excels in the terrain the infamous Zofingen course has to offer.

Held over a 10km run / 150km cycle / 30km format, Pooley completed the first run alongside Germany's Julia Viellehner, with home athlete Martina Krähenbuhl in close attention. Despite a slow T1 - after initially forgetting her sunglasses for the bike leg - Pooley quickly hit the front where she would remain until the end of the race. As defending champion there was expectation on her this time around, "I just wanted to do my best, I wanted to enjoy the race, but I felt some pressure this time", she said. Pooley was able to relax a little of the final run, and for good reason... she's going to be racing Ironman Wales this coming weekend too. No course record times for Pooley this year then, but she was thinking of the bigger picture, "The victory was much more important than a new record."

Germany's Viellehner was more than content with second place, matching her result from 2013, "On the cycling part I didn't have a chance against Pooley even if I was going as fast as I could" she said of the British athletes cycling prowess - second place providing a great 30th birthday present. Denmark's Susanne Svendsen, a regular winner on the Powerman World Series circuit finished third to achieve her first ever Zofingen podium.

©Raphael Galliker

Men's Review

Defending Men's champion Gaël Le Bellec (FRA) finished the first run in a group with Belgium's Pieter Rijnders, Tony Orvain (FRA), Anthony Le Duey (FRA) and Great Britain's sole Elite entrant Julian Lings.

Like Pooley, his route to victory would be carved out on the bike where his 3:52:29 bike split was more than seven minutes faster than anyone else. Whe#ile eventual second and third placed finishers Seppe Odeyn (BEL) and Søren Bystrup (DEN) would make up a little time over the final 30km run, Le Bellec was still over four minutes clear at the finish line. "I came to have fun, sport is my hobby and I had nothing to lose and nobody to prove anything to."

Great Britain's Julian Lings took fifth place overall, which we think may well be the best British finish men's finish in this historic race.

©Raphael Galliker

ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships, Zofingen - Sunday 6th September 2015
10km / 150km / 30km

Pos Men Women
1st Gaël Le Bellec (FRA) 6:20:36 Emma Pooley (GBR) 7:01:49
2nd Seppe Odeyn (BEL) 6:24:59 Julia Viellehner (GER) 7:12:24
3rd Søren Bystrup (DEN) 6:25:35 Susanne Svendsen (DEN) 7:20:33
4th Pieter Rijnders (BEL) 6:32:28 Katrin Essefeld (GER) 7:29:35
5th Julian Lings (GBR) 6:40:10 Nina Brenn (SUI) 7:39:04

©Raphael Galliker

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