Shinji Nakadai (JPN) and Ellie Greenwood (GBR) won the 24th IAU 100km World Championships on 7 November in Gibraltar which is one of IAU’s newest members and is already a two-time host of major IAU Championships.
Teams from Japan and Great Britain won the men’s and women’s team divisions respectively.
The European championship was also incorporated into the event, with Sweden’s Jonas Buud defended his European Championship title, while Greenwood added the women’s European title to her global crown. In the European team championships France won the men’s title and Great Britain the women’s title.
There were over 180 athletes representing 30 nations at the 24th IAU 100km World Championships. Race day temperatures were ideal in the mid-teens Celsius. The course started 100 metres from the 'Athlete’s Village' (a cruise liner), and took the athletes onto a 5km loop which was repeated eighteen times.
The men’s division was won by Shinji Nakadai (JPN) in 6:43:44. Jonas Buud (SWE), last year’s silver medal winner, followed Nakadai into the finishing chute in 6:47:40, and Michael Wardian (USA) completed the podium with his third consecutive bronze medal finish in as many IAU races, with a time of 6:49:18.
Nakadai ran a very conservative race planting him in the chase group for the majority of the race. He made his move around the 87 kilometre mark and took the lead over from Wardian, and was never again headed.
Wardian had put in a surge mid-way through the race to gain the lead and had looked strong but started to feel the pace towards the end though he was to produce a strong finish to claim third.
Buud on the other hand ran a strong consistent paced race following his strategy from last year and sat in the chasing group until 75 kilometres after which he made his move and joined the leaders and ultimately took silver.
Buud also took the European title with Oleksandr Holovnytskkyy (UKR) in 2nd place and Andre Collet (GER) taking the bronze.
In the team competition, Japan won the men’s World division followed by USA in the silver medal spot and France getting the bronze. France won the European Championship men’s division. Great Britain grabbed the silver medal and Germany got in for the bronze medal.
The women’s race winner Ellie Greenwood (GBR) already known for her trail expertise proved that she can run with the very best on roads as well. She battled with pre-race favourite, teammate and former World champion Lizzy Hawker for the majority of the race and kept her composure through the latter stages of the race to claim victory in 7:29:05.
Hawker, who has been training in the altitude, was the leader for majority of the event, however she faded towards the end crossing the line in 7:33:26 to claim the bronze medal.
Monica Carlin (ITA), who has a series of podium finishes at IAU events and was last year’s bronze medallist came through to finish in second place in a time of 7:30:50, after running in the chase group for the first half of the race. Carlin has been recovering from a fractured metatarsal in her foot sustained earlier in the year.
The first three finishers also took the European championship individual honours.
Great Britain won the gold in the women’s World team competition followed by Italy and Japan. In the European Championship, Great Britain took the gold in the women’s division followed by Italy and Russia.
Nadeem Khan for the IAAF
Gold --- Shinji Nakadai JPN 6:43:44
Silver --- Jonas Buud SWE 6:47:40 (1st European Championship)
Bronze --- Michael Wardian USA 6:49:18
4th Place --- Noriyuki Araki JPN 6:50:00
5th Place --- Oleksandr Holovnytskkyy UKR 6:51:03 (2nd European Championship)
6th Place --- Andre Collet GER 6:51:54 (3rd European Championship)
Gold --- Ellie Greenwood GBR 7:29:05 (1st European Championship)
Silver --- Monica Carlin ITA 7:30:50 (2nd European Championship)
Bronze --- Lizzy Hawker GBR 7:33:26 (3rd European Championship)
4th Place --- Gloria Vinstedt SWE 7:37:06
5th Place --- Meghan Arbogast USA 7:46:01
Team Competition Men:
Gold --- Japan 20:32:21
Silver --- United States of America 20:46:04
Bronze --- France 21:05:52 (1st European Championship)
4th Place --- Great Britain 21:37:25 (2nd European Championship)
5th Place --- Germany 22:04:05 (3rd European Championship)
Team Competition Women:
Gold --- Great Britain 23:16:54 (1st European Championship)
Silver --- Italy 23:47:11 (2nd European Championship)
Bronze --- Japan 24:00:22
4th Place --- Russia 24:39:47 (3rd European Championship)
5th Place --- Germany 24:40:49
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