Scotland's Catriona Morrison Wins World Duathlon Title in Edinburgh

The City of Edinburgh got what it hoped for today when home-town girl, Catriona Morrison, stormed to victory at the 2010 GE Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships. The senior men’s race was dominated by the Belgians, who finished 1-2-3 with Bart Aernouts claiming the gold.
 
Gwen Jorgensen (USA) made the early running in the elite women’s race as expected, but dropped back to the leaders before starting the tough seven lap bike course around Arthur’s Seat.
 
Morrison was quick to form a lead in a pack that gradually whittled down to just two riders, herself and Sandra Levenez of France. It was Morrison that did all the work until she slowed to walking pace, forcing Levenez ahead of her with two laps remaining. On the final 5km run Morrison broke away and was never caught, with time to celebrate her fourth Duathlon world title as she crossed the line in 2:02.48.
 
Levenez held on for silver, to repeat her finishing position from last year, and Felicity Sheedy-Ryan (AUS) was delighted with third.
 
Morrison said: “I just made her (Levenez) do some work and I was hoping that her legs were more trashed than mine. It feels pretty good to be World Champion!”
 
The appearance of the Belgian men’s team was greatly anticipated by the crowd. The late Benny Vansteelant won here last time duathlon came to Edinburgh for the 2007 ETU European Championships, and his brother, Joerie rode straight to the front of the bike leg and formed an impressive Belgian team with Bart Aernouts and Rob Woestenborghs.
 
On to the final run Aernouts and Woestenborghs broke away from Vansteelant. Sportingly Aernouts stayed with Woestenborghs as he faded on the final lap, but Woestenborghs pushed him forward as they approached the finish line and Aernouts took the win. Vansteelant held on for bronze with a 36 second cushion to Spain’s Victor Morales in fourth.
 
Despite looking like a well drilled team, the Belgian’s had never trained together prior to this event, but had planned to make a decisive move on the bike leg.
 
Aernouts said: “I knew the course because I raced in 2007 when I was the U23 European Champion. To come back and win in the elites is a great moment for me”
 
Adam Bowden was the first of the eight GE Great Britain Team men racing. He finished seventh, with Richard Hobby tenth. Other British competitor’s results are below.
 
The GE Great Britain Team had further success in the team events, winning women’s gold and men’s bronze. Morrison, Katie Ingram (who finished an impressive 6th) and Sophie Coleman combined for the women’s overall title and Bowden, Hobby and Gunby made up the men’s medal winning squad.
 
In the under 23 events there was more success for Great Britain with a win for Sophie Coleman in the women’s race. Coleman was the World Junior Champion in both 2008 and 2009 and demonstrated that she is just as good over the longer distance Under 23 event.
 
It was team mate, Lois Rosindale who had set the early pace, but a dropped water bottle on the bike leg caused her to dehydrate on the run. However, she held on for an excellent silver medal.  Alice Capone of Italy was third.
 
Coleman said: “I just couldn’t really believe it, after such a mixed year. To be able to come back and win this title in a new age group is cool.”
 
In the men’s Under 23 event it was France’s Etienne Diemunsch who claimed gold, actually crossing the line in eighth place overall as the elite and under 23 competitors raced together over the tough course.
 
Britain’s Matt Gunby was second, winning an excellent silver medal in 1:54.27 and Oscar Vicente of Spain was third. Gunby said: “I was just hanging on on the bike. I was surprised how quickly I got going on the run. I got the silver which is fantastic!”
 
In the junior events there were wins for Sofie Hooghe of Belgium and Uxio Abuin ares of Spain. Britain’s Eli Thorogood was fourth in the women’s event whilst David Bishop and  Sam Chambers were 12th and 18th.
 
RESULTS
Elite Women:
1. Catriona Morrison (GBR) 2:02:47
2. Sandra Levenez (FRA) 2:03:05
3. Felicity Sheedy-Ryan (AUS) 2:06:14
6. Katie Ingram (GBR) 2:07:10
 
Elite Men:
1. Bart Aernouts (BEL) 1:50:22
2. Rob Woestenborghs (BEL) 1:50:24
3. Joerie Vansteelant (BEL) 1:50:30
7. Adam Bowden (GBR) 1:53:38
10. Richard Hobby (GBR) 1:54:16
 
Women’s team event:
1.       Great Britain
2.       USA
3.       Japan
 
Men’s Team Event:
1.       Belgium
2.       France
3.       Great Britain
 
Under 23 Women:
1. Sophie Coleman GBR 2:15:02
2. Lois Rosindale GBR 2:15:56
3. Alice Capone ITA 2:20:41
 
Under 23 Men:
1. Etienne Diemunsch FRA 1:53:33
2. Matthew Gunby GBR 1:54:27
3. Oscar Vicente ESP 1:56:01
5. Ritchie Nicholls GBR 1:57:44
7. Mark Threlfall GBR 1:58:41
10. Phil Wolfe GBR 2:04:42
 
Junior Women:
1. Sofie Hooghe BEL 1:12:44
2. Marjon Van der wansem NED 1:13:32
3. Liis-grete Arro EST 1:16:15
4. Elinor Thorogood GBR 1:16:55
 
Junior Men:
1. Uxio Abuin ares ESP 1:03:52
2. Michael Gosman AUS 1:04:02
3. Jose luis Cordova MEX 1:04:08
12. David Bishop GBR 1:04:48
18. Samuel Chambers GBR 1:06:58

Notes to Editors:
 
The 2010 Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships took place 3-5 September 2010 at Hollyrood Park in Edinburgh. For more information see http://www.edinburghduathlon2010.com and http://www.britishtriathlonmedia.org for information about the GE Great Britain team.
 
About British Triathlon
British Triathlon is the current Sport Governing Body of the Year and the National Governing Body for Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquathlon in Great Britain responsible for leading growth and performance of the sport. Triathlon is a fast growing, dynamic and modern Olympic sport with talented world class athletes, coaches and support staff – focused around delivering world class events and performing on the big stages.  At international level, Great Britain boasts six current world champions amongst a strong squad of world ranked elite triathletes who regularly achieve international success and has some outstanding young talent emerging from its youth programmes.
There are over 700 triathlon events conducted in Great Britain each year including the renowned London Triathlon and British Triathlon Super Series, which attracts athletes from all over the world. British Triathlon aims to promote excellence in our sport, and create opportunities for everyone to achieve their personal triathlon challenges. Corus is the Corporate Partner of British Triathlon and is proud to be enabling the sport of triathlon. www.britishtriathlon.org
 
GE AND BRITISH TRIATHLON
GE, one of the worldwide sponsors of the London 2012 Olympic Games, is the Elite Partner of the British Triathlon team, providing support and expertise for the athletes as they prepare and compete at the highest levels in the run up to the 2012 Olympic Games. GE is also supporting British Triathlon Elite events, Elite Paratriathlon team, Age Group teams, home nation regional academies, and the British Triathlon Coach Development programme.
In keeping with previous Games, where GE provided state-of-the-art medical imaging equipment for the early diagnosis and treatment of sporting injuries, the partnership is exploring specific ways in which GE’s healthcare technology and expertise could help to optimise and improve the performance of the team in the events leading up to and including the Olympic Games.
 
GE AND LONDON 2012
GE is the exclusive provider of a wide range of innovative products and services that are integral to staging a successful Olympic Games. GE works closely with host countries, cities and organizing committees to provide infrastructure solutions for Olympic venues including power, lighting, water treatment, transportation and security, and to supply hospitals with diagnostic imaging technology to help doctors treat athletes. In addition, NBC Universal, a division of GE, is the exclusive U.S. media partner of the Olympic Games, with its partnership also extending through 2012.
GE equipment being made available for London 2012
• In 2009 GE announced that it will be making available a suite of cutting edge medical imaging equipment worth in excess of £4.5 million for the early diagnosis and treatment of sporting injuries. within the Olympic facilities.
• The equipment will allow athletes to receive expert medical care, without necessarily interrupting their training or competition schedules during the Games.
 
ABOUT GE
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 City of Edinburgh Council
Edinburgh is a beautiful, dynamic, cosmopolitan city with a unique architectural heritage and a magnificent natural setting. It is host to many thousands of visitors who come here throughout the year to enjoy numerous cultural and sporting events such as the world famous Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and the Six Nations rugby matches. With around one million overseas visitors a year, Edinburgh is the UK’s most visited tourist destination outside London. Edinburgh is one of the most attractive cities in the world, a fact recognized by UNESCO when conferring World Heritage Site status on the city’s Old and New Towns. Edinburgh was recently voted number one in a list of British cities to 'see before you die'.
The City of Edinburgh Council is a partner in the staging of the 2010 Edinburgh ITU Duathlon World Championships.
 
 
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ITU
The International Triathlon Union, is the world governing body for the Olympic sport of Triathlon and all related MultiSport disciplines: Duathlon, Aquathlon and Winter Triathlon. ITU was founded in 1989 at the first ITU Congress in Avignon, France, and has maintained its headquarters in Vancouver, Canada, since then. It now has over 120 affiliated National Federations around the world and is the youngest International Federation in the Olympics. Triathlon was awarded Olympic status in 1994. ITU is proudly committed to supporting the development of the sport worldwide through strong relationships with Continental and National Federations, working with its partners to offer a balanced Sport Development programme from grassroots to a high-performance level.  For more information, visit www.triathlon.org

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