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Moroccan dominates world's toughest race

in 50 degrees

12 April 2000 – Rabat, Morocco - Moroccan title holder Lahcen Ahansal continued his dominance of the world's toughest race, the Marathon des Sables, when he won the third stage in soaring temperatures of around 50 degrees Celsius.

Race organisers said on Wednesday Lahcen ended the 37 kilometres in three hours seven minutes 54 seconds ahead of Spaniard Jose Fernandez and Frenchman Gilles Diehl.

U.S. runner Cathy Tibbets won the women's stage clocking the distance in 5:07.32 seconds ahead of French Pascale Martin.

Lahcen had won the previous two stages of the week-long event which has a total of six stages.

The third stage of the race linked the dry Iriqui Lake to Dayet Chegaga, near the southern city of Ouarzazate, 500 km south of the capital Rabat. A record 680 competitors are taking part in the 238-km race.