U23 world champion in 2021, third in the European Championships in Munich this summer (and titled with the mixed relay), Emma Lombardi took another step by taking 2nd place in the WTCS in Cagliari on Saturday, seventh of the nine rounds of the World Championship. The 21-year-old Frenchwoman managed her event perfectly and signed her first podium on the world circuit.
Coming out of the water in a good position after the 1,500m swim (16th at 8”), it was on the bike part that Lombardi built up his second place, clinging to the best and battling to stay in the leading group, which her compatriot, Cassandre Beaugrand, failed to achieve. The 4th in the general classification led the race in swimming, but let herself go on the bike, finishing in the last of the chasing group. She landed her mount in 22nd position, 1’46” from the head of the race.
The ascent of Beaugrand in running
Lombardi, 7th at the finish in the transition zone, was at the forefront for the 10 km run, forming a leading trio with the British Georgia Taylor-Brown and the American Taylor Knibb. Taylor-Brown, the current Championship leader, dropped Knibb in an attack at the start of the penultimate 2.5 km loop, and Lombardi did not resist long before giving him the free field. The Briton recorded another victory on the circuit after Yokohama, Montreal and the Toulouse Super League last week.
Lombardi did not slow down and took second place, 12″ behind Taylor-Brown, and 4 seconds ahead of Knibb, third. Beaugrand gave everything to make up for his delay and finished 8th, 1’18 “. The third Frenchwoman engaged, Léonie Périault, was in a day without. Struggling in swimming, she couldn’t find the resources to bounce back afterwards, and finished one lap behind.