Top favorite Emma Pallant-Browne wins World Championship Duathlon: ‘I was really nervous’

Emma Pallant-Browne after winning the World Championships Duathlon (Picture: Triathlon Today)

She was already considered the favorite and she has lived up to her favorite role: Emma Pallant-Browne has just become World Champion Duathlon at the World Triathlon Multisport Championships in Ibiza. Pallant-Browne dominated the entire race and was supreme: “Now straight into recovery and get ready for the PTO European Open.”

The World Championship Duathlon was about 5 kilometers of running, 20 kilometers of cycling and another 2.5 kilometers of running. The first run was immediately dictated by Pallant-Browne, but also Ai Ueda: the British and Japanese top athletes set the pace and created a leading group of about 15 ladies. This leading group returned to T1 after 16:48 minutes.

On the bike, the leading group immediately fell apart: Pallant-Browne and Hungarian Zsanett Bragmayer took off in pairs. Behind them, a group of about ten women formed. Yet it soon became clear that it was Pallant-Browne and Bragmayer who were going to battle for the victory: during the bike the two leaders saw their lead rapidly increase to eventually almost 2:30 minutes in T2.

In the final 2.5 km run, it was initially Bragmayer who took the lead – mainly thanks to a very fast transition – but soon Pallant-Browne passed her. The British athlete did not relinquish the lead anymore and so ran seemingly easily to the world title. She did so in a time of 57:50. Bragmayer took the silver, 23 seconds after Pallant-Browne claimed victory. Out of the chasing group, Ueda was the fastest runner and so, 2:15 minutes behind the winner, she took the bronze.