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ITU Duathlon World Championships Get Underway in Pontevedra


Team Canada - Duathlon World Championships 2012 (Nancy, France)

Pontevedra Spain plays host to the ITU Duathlon World Championships this weekend as the top multisport duathletes compete over the 10km run, 40km bike and 5km run course. There is $90,000 USD on the line for the elites in both the individual and mixed relay. Last year’s world championship was held in Ottawa, Ont.

On the women’s side Susanne Svendsen (DEN) is ranked first, but is sure to feel the pressure of France’s Sandra Levenez and Katie Hewison (GBR). In the men’s race Rob Woestenborghs (BEL) is the one to beat having claimed both the long and short distance races last year. Hometown favourite Emilio Martin won the race in 2012, but  Woestenborghs outrode him and he was unable to defend his title.

In addition to the elites, Pontevedra will welcome age group, paraduathlon, junior and U23 competitors.

Follow your Canadian athlete with the schedule of events below:

Saturday 31st of May

09.00 Junior Women
10:45 Junior Men
12:00 Junior Award Ceremonies
12:30 ParaTriathlon
15:00 Elite and U23 Women
15:30 ParaTriathlon Award Ceremonies
18:00 Elite and U23 Men
20:15 Elite and U23 Award Ceremonies
20:30 Age Group Bike Check In

Sunday 1st of June

08:30 Age Group Sprint M16-M39
08:35 Age Group Sprint M40-M89
08:40 Age Group Sprint F16-F79
12:00 Age Group Standard M18-M29
12:05 Age Group Standard M30-M39
12:10 Age Group Standard M40-M49
12:15 Age Group Standard M50-M59
12:20 Age Group Standard M60-M89


For more info: www.triathlon.org