From the beginning Pallant stayed with the leading group, which by T2 had reduced in size to five athletes who were never threatened and it was a case of five athletes chasing three medals. Then with just 2.5km of the final run remaining Pallant pulled away take a second consecutive title.
“I never feel safe on the bike, I don’t quite relax until I’ve got my running shoes on, but I’m so happy to defend my title,” she said.
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A great performance from Alex Yee saw Great Britain retain the ITU Duathlon Junior World Championship, while Kate Waugh added to the weekend elite medal haul with silver in the Junior Women’s race.
The mixed relay team struck silver on Sunday with the team of Emma Pallant, Gwen Kinsey, Carl Avery and Danny Russell. They finished 40 seconds behind the hosts, Spain.
In the elite men’s race GB’s Carl Avery came home in tenth position and was the best of the Brits.
ITU Duathlon World Championships results
ELITE– 10km / 40km / 5km
1st – Emma Pallant (GBR) – 1:56:45
2nd – Andrea Steyn (RSA) – 1:56:52
3rd – Margarita Garcia Canellas (ESP) – 1:57:17
11th – Michelle Dillon (GBR) – 2:03:22
1st – Richard Murray (RSA) – 1:42:18
2nd – Emilio Martin (ESP) – 1:42:35
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3rd – Jorik Van Egdom (NED) – 1:42:41
10th – Carl Avery (GBR) – 1:45:36
19th – Philip Wylie (GBR) – 1:46:18
21st – Danny Russell (GBR) – 1:46:33
25th – Daniel Jenkin (GBR) – 1:47:44
DNF – Richard Horton (GBR) – DNF
ELITE JUNIOR – 5km / 20km / 2.5km
1st – Delia Sclabas (SUI) – 58:55
2nd – Kate Waugh (GBR) – 59:14
3rd – Madalena Amaral Almeida (ESP) – 59:16
6th – Serena O’Connor (GBR) – 1:02:28