“I never feel safe on the bike, I don’t quite relax until I’ve got my running shoes on, but I’m so happy to defend my title,” she said.

Emma Pallant and Ben Dijkstra win 2015 World Duathlon titles

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 A great performance from Alex Yee saw Great Britain retain the ITU Duathlon Junior World Championship, while Kate Waugh added to the weekend elite medal haul with silver in the Junior Women’s race.

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The mixed relay team struck silver on Sunday with the team of Emma Pallant, Gwen Kinsey, Carl Avery and Danny Russell. They finished 40 seconds behind the hosts, Spain.

In the elite men’s race GB’s Carl Avery came home in tenth position and was the best of the Brits.

ITU Duathlon World Championships results

ELITE– 10km / 40km / 5km

WOMEN

1st – Emma Pallant (GBR) – 1:56:45

2nd – Andrea Steyn (RSA) – 1:56:52
3rd – Margarita Garcia Canellas (ESP) – 1:57:17

11th – Michelle Dillon (GBR) – 2:03:22

MEN

1st – Richard Murray (RSA) – 1:42:18
2nd – Emilio Martin (ESP) – 1:42:35

3rd – Jorik Van Egdom (NED) – 1:42:41

10th – Carl Avery (GBR) – 1:45:36
19th – Philip Wylie (GBR) – 1:46:18
21st – Danny Russell (GBR) – 1:46:33
25th – Daniel Jenkin (GBR) – 1:47:44
DNF – Richard Horton (GBR) – DNF

ELITE JUNIOR – 5km / 20km / 2.5km

WOMEN

1st – Delia Sclabas (SUI) – 58:55

2nd – Kate Waugh (GBR) – 59:14
3rd – Madalena Amaral Almeida (ESP) – 59:16

6th – Serena O’Connor (GBR) – 1:02:28

MEN

1st – Alex Yee (GBR) – 51:40
2nd – Alberto Gonzalez Garcia (ESP) – 51:50

3rd – Javier Lluch Perez (ESP) – 52:06

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19th – Lewis Byram (GBR) – 55:30

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