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Emma Pooley wins fourth Zofingen ITU Long Distance Duathlon World Championship

Still unbeaten at the venue, Great Britain's Emma Pooley won her fourth consecutive ITU LD Duathlon World Championship at Powerman Zofingen on Sunday

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Living in Switzerland, and with a passion and aptitude for hills on both the bike and run, it is no surprise that the infamous Powerman Zofingen has been a venue of significant success for Great Britain’s Emma Pooley.

On Sunday, she raced at the venue of the ITU Long Distance Duathlon World Championships, and extended her unbeaten run to four straight years – doing so with a huge winning margin of 27 minutes. Speaking to Powerman media, Emma commented, “I’m very proud that I could win here for the fourth time in a row, despite the fact that I felt some pressure to win.”

Completing the opening 10km run in the company of Sabrina Monmarteau (FRA), with another five athletes all starting the very challenging 150km ride within a minute, Pooley delivered a cycling masterclass. Her 4:19:16 split was more than 16 minutes faster then the next best of the Elite women – though with 30km of running to finish, you can never assume anything is safe in Zofingen.

ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships - Powerman Zofingen

With a significant lead, Pooley ran a controlled race over the two-lap, very challenging run course (which was slightly modified this year) – but still only conceding less than a minute to the eventual Silver medallist, Miriam Van ReijIn (NED), who was able to pass Katrin Esefeld (GER) in the very late stages of the run.

ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships - Powerman Zofingen

Zofingen ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships – Sunday3rd September 2017
10km run / 150km bike / 30km run

ELITE WOMEN

1st – Emma Pooley (GBR) – 7:21:04
2nd – Miriam Van Reijin (NED) – 7:48:19
3rd – Katrin Esefeld (GER) – 7:49:05
4th – Nina Zoller (SUI) 7:59:16
5th – Sabrina Monmarteau (FRA) – 8:09:07

ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships - Powerman Zofingen

ELITE MEN

1st – Maxim Kuzmin (RUS) – 6:31:04
2nd – Seppe Odeyn (BEL) – 6:32:20
3rd – Soren Bystrup (DEN) – 6:34:52
4th – Gael Le Bellec (FRA) – 6:36:55
5th – Yannick Cadelen (FRA) – 6:39:10

19th – Julian Lings (GBR) – 7:04:37
23th – Peter Ellis (GBR) – 7:30:25

ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships - Powerman Zofingen

GREAT BRITAIN AGE-GROUP TEAM MEDALS IN ZOFINGEN (5)

GOLD (2)

  • Flora Colledge – F30-34
  • Melanie Hayes – F50-54

SILVER (2)

  • Lise Soerensen – F35-39
  • Louise Goddard – F50-54

BRONZE (1)

  • Liam Walker – M25-29
John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
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