08 SEP 2010 General News

Gasgazghi and Mayr take World Mountain Running titles in Kamnik

Andrea Mayr on the Feuerkogel - WMRA (Helmut Ploberger)Andrea Mayr on the Feuerkogel - WMRA (Helmut Ploberger) © Copyright

Samson Gashazghi of Eritrea and Andrea Mayr of Austria claimed top honors at the 26th edition of the WMRA World Mountain Running Championships in Kamnik, Slovenia, on Sunday (5).

Gashazghi covered the 12 kilometre course, with a net elevation gain of 1220 metres, in 56:25, 13 seconds ahead of Teklay Waldemariam. Runners from African nations dominated the race, taking the first six spots, four of those by Eritreans who cruised to the team title with 13 points.

In the women's race, Mayr covered the 8.5 kilometre course, with a net elevation gain of 960 metres, in 49:30, more than half a minute ahead of Italy's Valentina Belotti. With three finishers in the top nine, Italy beat Switzerland to the team title by four points, tallying 17.

The men's junior title also went to Eritrea. Yossief Andemichael dominated the 8.5 kilometre run, clocking 42:30. Turkey's Ridvan Bozkurt was a distant second in 46:00 while leading his nation to the team title. Turkey also took the women's title, thanks to a 1-2 finish over the 4.5 kilometre course by defending champion Yasemin Can and Burca Dag, who clocked 24:04 and 24:42 respectively.

Nearly 350 athletes from a record 39 countries were entered with 13 countries earning at least one medal. Kamnik, located in the foothills of Slovenia's Kamnik Alps, is located about 25 kilometres north of the capital Ljubljana.

Leading Results -

MEN (12 km) -
1. Samson Gashazghi, ERI        56:25
2. Teklay Weldemariam, ERI      56:38
3. Geoffrey Kusuro, UGA         56:57
4. Petro Manu Shaku, ERI        57:00
5. Stephan Kiprotich, UGA       57:16
6. Abraham Habtom, ERI          57:55
7. Ahmet Arslan, TUR            58:14
8. Jonathan Wyatt, NZL          58:23
9. Haben Mohamed, ERI           58:59
10. Joe Gray, USA               59:27

Teams:
1. Eritrea 13
2. United States 71
3. Italy 77
4. Uganda 79
5. Turkey 85

WOMEN (8.5 km) -
1. Andrea Mayr, AUT               49:30
2. Valentina Belotti, ITA         50:08
3. Martina Strähl, SUI            50:42
4. Svetlana Semova, RUS           51:02
5. Mateja Kosovelj, SLO           51:24
6. Antonella Confortola, ITA      52:19
7. Elena Rukhlyada, RUS           52:30
8. Claudia Helfenberger, SUI      52:35
9. Maria Grazia Roberti, ITA      52:42
10. Bernadette Meier-Brändle, SUI 52:57

Teams:
1. Italy 17
2. Switzerland 21
3. Russia 36
4. USA 44
5. Czech Republic 59

Juniors:
Junior MEN (8.5 km) -
1. Yossief Andemichael, 1992, ERI  42:30 [1992]
2. Ridvan Bozkurt, 1991, TUR       46:00 [1991]
3. Jente Joly, 1991, BEL           46:29 [1991]
4. Ergin Ulas, 1992, TUR           46:59 [1992]
5. Michael Gras, 1991, FRA         47:14 [1991]

Teams:
1. Turkey 20
2. Germany 33
3. Italy 41

Junior WOMEN (4.5 km) -
1. Yasemin Can, 1992, TUR        24:04 [1992]
2. Burca Dag, 1991, TUR          24:42 [1991]
3. Adelaide Pantheon, 1991, FRA  24:48 [1991]
4. Heidi Weng, 1991, NOR         25:25 [1991]
5. Cristina Negru, 1991, ROU     26:01 [1991]

Teams:
1. Turkey 3
2. Romania 13
3. Great Britain 19