Britain’s Emma Pooley wins Challenge Philippines
Just six months after retiring from professional cycling, Britain’s Olympic silver medallist Emma Pooley claimed gold at long-distance triathlon Challenge Philippines last weekend despite some hot and challenging conditions.
Just thought you should know @PooleyEmma is still kicking ass on a bike. With that swim & run stuff on either side. pic.twitter.com/SNAwj21vZV
— Kathryn Bertine (@KathrynBertine) February 21, 2015
Pooley, 32, placed third at the same event last year, but this time managed to take victory by a margin of more than 10mins over nearest rival Kelly Williamson (USA). Britain’s Parys Edwards rounded out the podium with third place.
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“It was tough but honest course and beautiful,” said Pooley afterwards. “I came back to try and win and I really had a good day!” The former world champion time triallist took 32:50mins to cover the 1.9km swim, then proceeded to smash the challenging 90km bike course with a split of 2:40:38.
She arrived in T2 comfortably with a 7:38mins lead over her compatriot Edwards, and completed the 21.1km run in 1:25hrs to cross the line for a convincing win. Edwards was overhauled by Williamson on the run and crossed the line just a minute behind her.