Emma Pallant wins Challenge Gran Canaria24. April 2017 — Triathlon Team
Emma Pallant took the victory in Challenge Gran Canaria on Saturday after a fantastic run where she climbed from 3rd place to 1st, finishing in 4:35:15 and smashing the previous course record by more than 7 minutes. Pallant had an advantage of only 6 seconds on Lucy Charles (GBR; 4:35:21) in second. Daniela Ryf (CHE; 4:38:35) completed the podium.
Although her race started with a solid swim, she came into T1 in 5th position with a deficit of 4’30 to the lead. Once on the bike the BMC-Etixx athlete felt great and started to close down the gap to the front. At the 40k mark Pallant moved up a spot to settle into 4th place. In the second leg of the bike she continued to push and managed to move up another place to jump off her bike in 3rd place together with Jameson. The difference to Charles in second place was 2’30 by then and 5’ to leader Ryf at the start of the run. The best part of Pallant’s race was yet to come. In the first kilometers the British athlete immediately found her experienced running legs and she made up 1’20 over the first 7km of the course. After 15km Pallant passed the Swiss Ironman World Champion, Daniela Ryf, to move into 2nd place and trail the leader, fellow Brit. Lucy Charles in her footsteps. Pallant gave her all to assume the lead in the final kilometers and at the finish line only 6 seconds lay between Pallant and Charles. An exceptional 1h15 half marathon time, helped Emma to smash the course record in Gran Canaria by more than 7 minutes.
Over the moon, Emma Pallant was delighted to take the victory in such a strong field: "Never give up the chase, I am super happy with my win. It was a tough swim as some of the age group athletes were swimming head on into the Pro's on the 2nd lap. So I came out further down than I would have liked, however it made a good day of chasing on the bike and run. It was overall a fantastic course and I'm extremely happy to take the win here today!"