Kenneth Vandendriessche has won the bronze medal on Saturday at the World Duathlon Championships in the middle distance in Viborg, Denmark. The reigning European champion only had to tolerate the Slovakian Ondrej Kubo and the Dane Simon Hansen.
The three duathletes formed a trio of leaders on bikes after the first 10km run, coming in within seconds of each other after the 60km bike ride. The decision came in the final 10km run, where Kubo kept a small 11-second lead over Hansen to triumph over the Dane in 2:28:25 (2:28:36).
The duathlete from Ruddevoorde had to give in about 20 seconds on this last part and finished 37 seconds behind the winner (2h29:02). Guust De Smul finished 18th (2h41:54), while Sander Heemeryck didn’t finish the race.
The women’s title went to Switzerland’s Mélanie Maurer, ahead of Danish Line Thams and her compatriot Sara Frieden.