ITU crown first champions

The first world champions were crowned at the International Triathlon Union world championships in Penticton.

Felicity Sheedy-Ryan of Australia and France's Benoit Nicolas climbed to the top of the podium in Saturday's duathlon.

The duathlon consists of a 10 kilometre run, followed by a 40.5 kilometre bike and a five kilometre run.

"It feels awesome, said Sheedy-Ryan, who broke away from a three-woman pack and took control of the race on the bike.

"Obviously coming into this race, that was a goal of mine and I knew there were some strong girls out there today, but when I went over the course yesterday I saw how hard it was and I thought it would probably help and work to my strengths a little bit. I wasn’t relaxed until the last couple hundred metres, because anything can happen but I am absolutely happy to take home a second title.”

Sheedy-Ryan previously won the duathlon world title in 2012. Margarita Garcia Carcia Cañellas of Spain captured the silver, while reigning champion Emma Pallant of Great Britain took bronze.

In the men's race, Garcia also returned to the top of the podium, after capturing a previous world title in 2014.

Spain's Emilio Martin finished second while Mark Buckingham of Great Britain captured bronze.

Nicholas, who was assessed a 15 second penalty after the bike for not racking his bike properly, took the lead on the first lap of the final run leg.

He took the penalty after the first lap, but had built up a large enough lead that it didn't matter.

"In France, duathlon is a good sport, so I think when I am back in France, it will be fantastic," he said after the race.

Great Britain’s Cameron Richardson claimed the junior duathlon men’s world title. Delia Sclabas of Switzerland won her second straight women's title.

The ITU world championship run until Aug. 27 in Penticton.

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