Pieter Heemeryck and Emma Pallant ran their way to impressive wins at Challenge Mogan Gran Canaria.
April 29, 2019 | NEWS|
After the 1.9-kilometer swim, Switzerland's Manuel Küng led the way in 23:53, followed 35-seconds later by Belgium's Pieter Heemeryck. They were followed closely by Great Britain's Thomas Davis and Spaniard Nan Oliveras, who has been training with Jan Frodeno in recent months.
Off the bike it was Heemeryck and Küng out in front to start the run. The Belgian ran himself clear over the last seven km. With the day's fastest run split (1:12:44) and a total time of 4:00:44, Heemeryck added another Challenge title to his resume. Küng took second in 4:02:21 hours. Rounding out the podium was Oliveras, who finished in 4:04:13 thanks to a strong 1:13:02 half-marathon split.
Switzerland's Céline Schärer led the women out of the water in 28 minutes, followed by Emma Pallant (GBR). Schärer was able to stay in front on the bike, but would relinquish her lead during the run to Pallant and the Netherlands' Tessa Kortekaas.
Once out in front Pallant was hardly challenged as she cruised through a 1:23:18 half-marathon to easily outdistance the rest of the women and finish in 4:36:07. It was another 12 minutes before Kortekaas crossed the finish line in second (4:48:58). Céline Schärer rounded out the podium in 4:51:03.