Emma Pallant opens her season with a second place at Ironman 70.3 South Africa
Jan 26, 2020
Emma Pallant finished second in her season opener after a hard battle with Flora Duffy. Emma contended for the win all race long to cross the line in a time of 4:36:08. Duffy (BER; 4:34:05) won the race with Jade Nicole (RSA; 4:41:17) claiming the final podium spot.
The day started with a decent swim for Emma Pallant. She came back to shore in 5th place, but a fast transition saw her move up 2 spots to jump on her bike in 3rd. Starting the bike, her deficit over leader Duffy was 4 minutes. While Emma moved up to 2nd place before the turnaround at 45k, the difference towards Duffy stayed around that 4 minute mark. It was on the back half of the bike course that Pallant made the difference. Pushing the pace, she opened up a gap of 1’25 as she entered T2. In the first 6k, the British athlete managed to extend her lead to 3 minutes. Halfway through the run, it became clear the battle for the win would go between Pallant and Duffy. Emma kept her pace as high as possible, but couldn’t prevent the race winning pass of a hard charging Duffy in the final kilometers. Eventually, the BMC-Vifit athlete came home in 2nd place in a time of 4:36:08 on a challenging course. Battling for the win until the final kilometers, Pallant can look back at an excellent performance to begin her 2020 season.
Afterwards Emma Pallant looked back at her performance: "All in all I am happy to take second in the end, taking the race circumstances into account. Unfortunately I lost my nutrition on the bike and couldn't take in all the energy I needed. That definitely cost me in the second half of the run, which is dissapointing. But good to get the season underway and looking forward to build on this, more to come this year!".