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 yesterday, Sunday 5 September. 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 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!”
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