Ad Assen (NED), si è svolta lo scorso 20 agosto, l'8^ edizione del IAU 50 km World Trophy Final. a gara di Assen (8^ edizione della IAU 50 km World Trophy Final) si è svolta oggi, 20 agosto, ad Assen (NED) su di un circuito di 5 km da ripersi per dieci volte. Il vincitore maschile è stato il keniano Eliot Kiplagat Biwott, in 2h54'59", seguito dal belga Pieter Vermeesch (2h57'29) e dal nipponico Kaito Iwayama (2h59'18). Primo degli italiani Walter Sartor (14° assoluto) con 3h16'25". Tutto britannico il podio femminile con Emma Gooderham, sul gradino più alto del podio e 15^ assoluta, in 3h17'36, seguita da Susan Harrison, , 21^ assoluta, in 3h25' 28 e da Joanna Zakrzevsky in 3h26'43 (22^ assoluta).
Sono stati 125 gli atleti in gara, di cui quelli in lizza per il Trofeo 50 km IAU e classificati sono stati 31.
Tutti gli altri hanno gareggiato nella gara open.
Di seguito il comunicato ufficiale IAU, scritto da Nadheem Khan, responsabile dell'Area Comunicazioni IAU.
Eliot Kiplagat Biwott (KEN) and Emma Gooderham (GBR) win the 8th IAU 50km World Trophy Final.
The race took place in Assen on August 20th 2011. Both winners established new course records with Biwott running a time of 2:54:53 and Gooderham finishing in 3:17:30.
Assen, located about 2.5 hours away from Amsterdam, was the site of the 8th IAU 50km World Trophy Final. Located in the north eastern Netherlands, Assen is referred to as “the town among the trees”.
The race was organized on 10-five kilometre loop which was relatively flat and a fast course. There was also an open race that was run concurrently with the World Trophy Final.
Race day temperatures were around mind-teens at the start and warmed up as the day went on. With the fast field assembled at the start there were talks of a potential course record which formerly stood at 3:09:49 and 3:58:43 for the men and women respectively. This would prove to be true for both fields.
In the men’s event, rookie IAU runner Eliot Kiplagat Biwott (KEN) took the top honours winning the race in course record time of 2:54:53. Pieter Vermeesch (BEL), who is having an outstanding season, finished in second place with 2:57:23 and Kaito Iwayama (JPN), last year’s fourth place finisher, finished third in 2:59:12.
Early race leaders John Wachira (KEN), Seun Moleshioa (RSA) and Eliza Mogoboya (RSA) started with a blistering pace running through the first two thirds of the race. By the 35km mark, there were some definite moves that had begun to take place. Biwott, having run a conservative pace, through the race started to move up the field. The early leaders began to fade away and Vermeesch followed by Iwayama moved into strategic spots to make the podium.
In the women’s race, Emma Gooderham (GBR) added another medal to her already existing silver medal from the 100km Commonwealth Championship, winning in a time of 3:17:30. She was followed by last year’s winner Susan Harrison (GBR) who finished in 3:25:05. Gooderham and Harrison’s teammate, Joanna Zakrzewski completed the podium grabbing third in 3:26:37.
It was a chasing game between Gooderham and Harrison for the first quarter of the race. Then in the fourth lap of the ten lap course Gooderham made a courageous move to move past the returning champion and held her lead to set an outstanding course record. Zakrzewski ran a very steady race in only her second ultra run and finished strong behind Harrison.
There were seventeen selection races held from Canada and France to Japan and Australia to select athletes for the World Trophy Final. The criteria for selection included a sub 3:20 (men) and sub 3:50 (women) run. The winners of the series races were automatically selected and following the preliminary selections the fastest finishers were invited until the selection pool was filled. In addition a few runners had invitations extended on the basis of their marathon times.
The next race on the IAU calendar is the 25th 100km World & European Championships on September 10th 2011.
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1) Eliot Kiplagat Biwott KEN 2:54:53
2) Pieter Vermeeesch BEL 2:57:23
3) Kaito Iwayama JPN 2:59:12
4) John Wachira KEN 3:02:33
5) Eliza Mogoboya RSA 3:03:55
1) Emma Gooderham GBR 3:17:30
2) Susan Harrison GBR 3:25:05
3) Joanna Zakrzewski GBR 3:26:37
4) Yuka Ezaki JPN 3:28:06
5) Shanna Ailes Istni USA 3:33:58
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