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Triathlon - 29. September 2009.

Victory for Frintova at ITU Duathlon World Championships

The 2009 Duathlon title went to another triathlon regular, Vendula Frintova of the Czech Republic used her kick to nip Sandra Levenez of France by four seconds in another exciting finish. Ana Burgos of Spain was third.  Frintova finished in a time of 2 hours 18 minutes and 18 seconds.

Levenez produced the fastest opening 10-kilometre run of the day, as she and Samantha Warriner of New Zealand pressed the pace early one. A 40k bike in and out of the Lowe's Motor speedway didn't provide much drama with one large group coming together and staying together; the athletes were just waiting for the final five kilometre run.

And it did come down to the run, with the top nine second run splits exactly matching the order of finish for the top nine athletes. Frintova's 15:57 was the fastest though and gave the Czech athlete her first world title. 

"I'm really, really happy. I'm a specialist for triathlon, but my season was up and down. This is my best result for the year," said Frintova. "The race was really hard, especially the first run for me. I was suffering. I didn't really expect to be the fastest at the end. The bike was quite calm, no one wanted to go hard, so we were just sitting back and waiting for the second run."

Evgenia Sukhoruchenkova of Russian claimed the Under23 women's championship, followed by Kinga Lauf of Hungary.
 
Great Britain's Sophie Coleman was crowned world junior duathlon champion with teammate Vicky Graves in second.  Marjon Van Der Wansem of the Netherlands finished third.

2009 Concord ITU Duathlon World Championships - Concord, USA
10-kilometre run, 40-kilometre bike, 5-kilometre run
Elite Women's Results
Gold - Vendula Frintova (CZE) 2:08:18
Silver - Sandra Levenez (FRA) 2:08:22
Bronze - Ana Burgos (ESP) 2:08:30
4 Ruth Van Der Meijden (NED) 2:08:40
5 Anne Haug (GER) 2:08:48
6 Andrea Steyn (RSA) 2:08:55
7 Evgenia Sukhoruchenkova (RUS) 2:09:04
8 Alexandra Louison (FRA) 2:09:11
9 Immaculada Pereiro (ESP) 2:09:15
10 Samantha Warriner (NZL) 2:09:26

2009 Concord ITU Duathlon World Championships - Concord, USA
10-kilometre run, 40-kilometre bike, 5-kilometre run
Under23 Women's Results
Gold - Evgenia Sukhoruchenkova (RUS) 2:09:04
Silver - Kinga Lauf (HUN) 2:23:21
 
2009 Concord ITU Duathlon World Championships - Concord, USA
10-kilometre run, 40-kilometre bike, 5-kilometre run
Elite Women's Results
Gold - Sophie Coleman (GBR) 1:04:30
Silver - Vicky Graves (GBR) 1:04:42
Bronze - Marjon Van Der Wansem (NED) 1:04:49
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