Emma Pallant (GBR) wins Duathlon World Championships in Adelaide - PHOTO - Triathlon & Multisport

Europeans Emma Pallant (GBR) and Emilio Martin (ESP) stole the show Down Under when they were crowned Duathlon World Champions at the 2015 Adelaide ITU Duathlon World Championships on Saturday. 

Former junior track and field star, Pallant scored a strong win for Great Britain, putting pay to the hopes of world champion Sandra Levenez (FRA) going back to back in Adelaide.

Holding off a fast finishing Ai Ueda (JAP) and relegating Levenez to an uncharacteristic third place, Pallant replicated the world duathlon title win of her coach Michelle Dillon a decade earlier here in Australia.

Midway through the 40km cycle leg Levenez, Ueda and Pallant thought they had the podium sorted but Gillian Backhouse (AUS) had other plans, charging through the final laps of the bike to make the cosy trio, a very nervous quartet.

Men's race

The elite men’s race was a demonstration of high speed running and power cycling with the return of Emelio Martin (ESP) to the world championship winner’s circle.

The men’s race was one of attrition from the gun with Martin throwing caution to the wind. Leading from start to finish he showed his class and left nothing in the tank, regaining the title he first won in 2012 in Nancy, to hold off the defending Benoit Nicolas (FRA) and Mark Buckingham (GBR).

“It is very important to win here because three years ago I won and last year I came third. This year I came out with race number four and I took a chance and I won. I am very happy to win this championship for Spain,” Martin said.

Former champion Rob Woestenborghs (BEL) was unable to regain his title in his final world championship appearance but his fourth place showed he is still a force in the duathlon world.

“This is my last season and my last world championship but I have another two races Powerman in the Phillipines and then a local race in my neighbourhood to celebrate my career and then I will finish. I am 39 so it is time to do other things in my life, spend more time with my children.”

Women's results
1.    Emma Pallant    GBR        01:58:21
2.    Ai Ueda    JPN        01:58:51
3.    Sandra Levenez    FRA        01:59:24
4.    Gillian Backhouse    AUS        02:00:07
5.    Chelsea Burns    USA        02:01:20
6.    Courtney Gillfillan    AUS        02:01:33
7.    Yuko Takahashi    JPN        02:02:29
8.    Sarah Crowley    AUS        02:05:50
9.    Annelise Jefferies    AUS        02:05:51
10.    Giorgia Priarone    ITA        02:06:20
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Men's results
1.    Emilio Martin    ESP        01:47:11
2.    Benoit Nicolas    FRA        01:47:19
3.    Mark Buckingham    GBR        01:48:09
4.    Rob Woestenborghs    BEL        01:48:35
5.    Yohan Le Berre    FRA        01:48:47
6.    Matthew Mcelroy    USA        01:49:39
7.    Philip Wylie    GBR        01:50:23
8.    Dylan Evans    AUS        01:50:28
9.    Tadashi Mori    JPN        01:50:31
10.    Jose Luis Cordova    MEX        01:50:32

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