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Morrison and Coleman secure Duathlon World Golds
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Sunday 5th September 2010


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Your Editor didn't race, but he currently feels as though he did. Several times to judging by the fatigue I'm currently feeling...

The GE 2010 Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championship is now a wrap, and Sunday's elite races resulted in the hoped for conclusion of a Scottish World Champion in the shape of Catriona Morrison. It was no run-away victory however, as 2009 silver medal winner Sandra Levenez from France stuck with her through the entire bike leg, as the pairing reached T2 together. While Cat forced the pace from the first step, there was drama - unseen at the time - as Cat had over-run the bike dismount line and been issued with a 15 second penalty to be served out on the run course. So, temporarily at least Morrison was relegated to second before retaking the lead, and finishing to by far the loudest fanfare of the three day festival.

The magnificent Belgian men took every spot on the men's podium, while Team GB picked up three medals in the elite Under-23 races, including a 'three-peat' from Sophie Coleman.

So much more I would like to write, but - for now at least - here is the post event ITU report and summary of today's results. A second straight 12-hour day of commentary duties has left me in need of a quick 'refuel' before the weekend results process begins. Edinburgh, you were magnificent!


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.

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.

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.

Click here for a video of the women's finish

Click here for a video of the men's finish

Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championship
Edinburgh, Scotland, Great Britain - 5 Sept 2010
10K run, 38.4K bike, 5K run

Elite Women
1. Catriona Morrison (GBR) 2:02:47
2. Sandra Levenez (FRA) 2:03:05
3. Felicity Sheedy-Ryan (AUS) 2:06:14
4. Jenny Schulz (GER) 2:06:20
5. Ana Burgos (ESP) 2:06:42
6. Katie Ingram (GBR) 2:07:10
7. Andrea Steyn (RSA) 2:07:58
8. Ruth Van der Meijden (NED) 2:08:37
9. Stefanie Bouma (NED) 2:10:53
10. Inmaculada Pereiro (ESP) 2:10:59

Elite Men
1. Bart Aernouts (BEL) 1:50:22
2. Rob Woestenborghs (BEL) 1:50:24
3. Joerie Vansteelant (BEL) 1:50:30
4. Victor Manuel del Corral Morales (ESP) 1:51:06
5. Sergio Silva (POR) 1:51:46
6. Damien Derobert (FRA) 1:52:58
7. Adam Bowden (GBR) 1:53:38
8. Sean Jefferson (USA) 1:53:54
9. Ramos Herrera (MEX) 1:54:13
10. Richard Hobby (GBR) 1:54:16

U23 Women
1. Sophie Coleman (GBR) 2:15:02
2. Lois Rosindale (GBR) 2:15:56
3. Alice Capone (ITA) 2:20:41
4. Ami Haishima (JPN) 2:24:12
5. Romana Slavinec (AUT) 2:25:51

U23 Men
1. Etienne Diemunsch (FRA) 1:53:33
2. Matthew Gunby (GBR) 1:54:27
3. Oscar Vicente (ESP) 1:56:01
4. Felix Duchampt (FRA) 1:57:23
5. Ritchie Nicholls (GBR) 1:57:44

Junior Women (5K run, 21.2K bike, 2.5K run)
1. Sofie Hooghe (BEL) 1:12:44
2. Marjon van der Wansem (NED) 1:13:32
3. Liis-Grete Arro (EST) 1:16:15
4. Elinor Thorogood (GBR) 1:16:55
5. Cindy Schwulst (RSA) 1:21:50

Junior Men (5K run, 21.2K bike, 2.5K run)
1. Uxio Abuin Ares (ESP) 1:03:52
2. Michael Gosman (AUS) 1:04:02
3. Jose Luis Cordova (MEX) 1:04:08
4. Jose Veiga (POR) 1:04:16
5. Hugo Alves (POR) 1:04:21

Click here for complete results


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