It were – again – the French athletes that dominated a duathlon event: this time the Mixed Relay at the Duathlon World Games in Birmingham, America. The French team with Marion Legrand and Maxime Hueber-Moosbrugger celebrated a big victory. The Belgian athletes – Arnaud Dely and Maurine Ricour – were on fire again, too, as they claimed silver. The final podium spot was for the other French team, while another Belgian team crossed the line in fourth place. All first places were therefor taken by France and Belgium.
Straight from the start, the battle was on between France’s and Belgium’s first teams. It were Hueber-Moosbrugger and Arnaud Dely who ran to a first place during the first leg, but also Nathan Guerbeur (FRA) and Vincent Bierinckx (BEL) worked hard to try to hang on. In the second leg, the second French and Belgian team lost touch. During the bike part it was the French team that had to let go, and later, during the run, the Belgian team also followed.
The higher-ranked Belgian team with Dely and Ricour now started to have a hard time keeping up with France’s Hueber-Moosbrugger and Legrand in front. In the third and fourth leg, the French team was untouchable. The team ended up winning with an advantage of one minute to the Belgian team. The other French team took third, crossing the line 1:18 minutes after the winners.