2019 IAU 50 Km World Championship � race-report

2019 IAU 50 Km World Championship – race-report. The 50KM World Championships took place on September 1, 2019 in the Braşov city in Romania and was organized by the IAU, together with the Romanian Athletics Federation, with the support of the Ministry of Youth and Sport, the City Hall of Brașov, the Prefecture of Braşov and the Brașov County Council.

Brasov has witnessed a string of extraordinary performances at IAU 50KM World Championships! It was the first time when the 50 km World Championship was held in Europe. Alyson Dixon from Great Britain won gold medal and set new World Best Performance (currently under ratification process) for 50 km in an amazing time of 3:07:20. She improved the 30 year old record set in 1989 by South Africa’s Frith van der Merwe 3:08:39. Helen Davies was second and took silver medal for Great Britain in 3:09:16. The third was Alicia Perez from Spain in 3:15:09.

Winner Alyson Dixon, second Helen Davies and 9th Julie Briscoe secured gold for the Women Team competition in 9:39:33, followed by USA on silver position in 10:03:18. Bronze was taken by Austria with aggregated time 10:19:58.

Iraitz Arrospide from Spain won the men competition and set new European Best Performance (currently under ratification process) for 50 km in an amazing time of 2:47:42. He improved previous record set in 2016 by Paul Schmidt from Germany (2:49:06). Lungile Gongqa from South Africa was second in 2:48:26 and finally Daniel Nash from Great Britain on third place in 2:49:01. All medalists completed 50 km faster than previous European Best Performance.

Second individually Lungile Gongqa together with Omphemetse Edward Mothibi, 5th place and Bongmusa Cosmos Mthembu, 6th place won gold for Republic of South Africa in aggregated time 8:28:38 for the Men Team competition. Germany secured silver medal in 8:35:52 and followed on third place by Great Britain in 8:41:00.

“IAU 50 km World Championship in Brasov will go down as one of our most successful championship, what an outstanding event. Congratulations. One World Best Performance, two Continental Best Performances, several national records and numerous personal bests”, those were the words of IAU President Nadeem Khan during the closing ceremony that reflects exactly what we witnessed in Brasov, Romania.

We are pleased to share the official results (complete list)click picture below


1. Alyson Dixon (GBR) - 03:07:20

2. Helen Davies (GBR) - 03:09:16

3. Alicia Perez (ESP) - 03:15:09


1. Iraitz Arrospide (ESP) - 02:47:42

2. Lungile Gongqa (RSA) - 02:48:26

3. Daniel Nash (GBR) - 02:49:01


1. Great Britain and Northern Ireland 9:39:33

2. USA 10:03:18

3. Austria 10:19:58


1. South Africa 8:28:38

2. Germany 8:35:52

3. Great Britain and Northern Ireland 8:41:00

Thank you all !!!

Jacek Bedkowski

IAU Director of Communication

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