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Migliozzi and Herron win 50km World Championships

 The 1st IAU 50km World Championships took place in Doha Qatar The event was held on 4th December 2015 on Aspire grounds. The 5km looped course took the athletes through the different facilities in the sporting complex.  

In the men’s division, Tony Migliozzi (USA) won the championship in 2:52:08. Kenyan compatriots, Arnold Kiptaoi and Samuel Ongaki finished in finished second-third in 2:55:34 and 2:56:15 respectively.

The men’s race started with a big group of runners running in a pack from the start with Migliozzi, Kiptaoi, Ongaki, Tyler Andrews (USA) and Michael Fokorani (ZIM) in the mix. As the race progress passed the first 25km mark the lead pack dwindled down to Kiptaoi and Fokorani running in the front with Migliozzi running in third.

The last 10 kilometers were when the major changes started taking place. Migliozzi moved past Kiptaoi and Fokorani relying on his marathon speed. While further back in the field Charles Maina (KEN) and Jesse Davis (USA) were moving up the field as well.

In the end Migliozzi took home the world championships running his last 5km lap in 17:52 with Kenyan teammates Kiptaoi and Ongaki who moved up the field very quickly on the latter half finished with silver and bronze medals respectively.

In the team competition, Kenya won the gold in 8:49:09, USA finished with silver medal in 8:57:52 and Australia got the bronze in 9:37:51.

In the women’s race, Camille Herron (USA) took home the gold in 3:20:58. Marija Vrajic (CRO) finished 2nd in 3:28:15 followed by Catrin Jones (CAN) in 3rd with a time of 3:28:19.

This race shaped up different than the men’s race with Herron taking an early lead never relinquishing it and increasing her pace by the lap. Caitlin Smith (USA) took hold of the second place running consistently 30 seconds behind Camille for a few laps but then slowed down for the latter half of the event.

Khishigsaikhan Galbadrakh (MGL) had an outstanding run leading the chase group for three quarters of the race eventually finishing fifth. Vrajic, Jones and olympic marathon runner Catriona Jennings (IRL) adopted a different strategy of starting conservatively and making up the places as the race wore on.

In the end, Herron finished in the gold medal spot followed by Vrajic and Jones taking second and third place respectively.

In the women’s team division, Croatia finished first in 10:50:08. Canada took home the silver in 11:10:41 and Australia took the bronze in 11:31:40.

Worthy to note that 6 men finished under 3hours and 6 women finished under 3hours and 33 minutes.

Results 50km World Championships 2015, Doha, Qatar

Men:

Gold --- Tony Migliozzi USA 2:52:08

Silver --- Arnold Kiptaoi KEN 2:55:34

Bronze --- Samuel Ongaki KEN 2:56:15

 

Women:

Gold --- Camille Herron USA 3:20:58

Silver --- Marija Vrajic CRO 3:28:15

Bronze --- Catrin Jones CAN 3:28:20

 

Team Competition Men:

Gold --- Kenya 8:49:09

Silver --- United States of America 8:57:52

Bronze --- Australia 9:37:51 

 

Team Competition Women:

Gold --- Croatia 10:50:08

Silver --- Canada 11:10:41

Bronze --- Australia 11:31:40

 

Nadeem Khan
Director of Communications
nadeem.khan@iau-ultramarathon.org




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