Emilio Martin Bolts To First Duathlon World Championship Title
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Sept. 23, 2012, 7:10 a.m.
Loaded with previous world championship medallists, the battle for the men’s podium at the 2012 Nancy ITU Duathlon World Championships was hard fought. After a technical bike that saw a strong group of men ride together, Spain’s Emilio Martin overtook Belgium’s Antoine Duvivier down the finish chute for his first world title. Duvivier returned to the podium for the first time since 2009 with a silver medal, while France’s Benoit Nicolas earned his second consecutive world championship bronze.
“I wasn’t one of the favourites, I was one of the last ones to qualify for the championships, but I knew I could be in the top three,” Martin said. “I’m very happy with the victory.”
With everyone’s eye on the prize, within the first two kilometres of the initial 10km run, a dozen men merged together to form a lead pack, with Duvivier at the helm. Some dangerous men ran in the top group, including Portugal’s Sergio Silva. Midway through the six-lap run, speedy Silva emerged to head the group, consequently dropping three athletes.
With the Portugese leading, a pack of nine headed to the bike course with a 30-second advantage. A small ...