sexta-feira, 30 de setembro de 2011

Sérgio Silva Duathlon World Champion 2011

Sergio Silva captures first Duathlon World

 Championships 2011

                     Sergio Silva captures World Duathlon title
By Erin Greene  
The elite men enjoyed similar weather conditions as their female counterparts while they vied for a world title at the 2011 Gijon ITU Duathlon World Championships. However, the men’s race saw a much less predictable finish, as each discipline hosted a new group of leaders.
While Sergio Silva (POR) won the men’s title by nearly five seconds, his position on the medal stand was uncertain for the majority of the race. A strong runner, he emerged with a slight lead following the first transition.
However, Silva, far less competitive on the bike than his feet, quickly fell out of the lead pack. Instead, he rode with a massive chase group of nearly 30 athletes that continued to lose time on the leaders throughout the race.
Meanwhile, Roger Roca Dalmau (ESP) surged to the front of the bike, followed by teammate Victor Manuel del Corral Morales (ESP). Together, the men battled with Richard Hobby (GBR), opening up more than a minute of time between themselves and the competition.
Etienne Diemunsch (FRA), competing in the U23 division, joined the lead pack and helped push the pace even further ahead of the sizeable chase group. By the time the men entered the second transition, they owned an 80-second lead.
Frenchman Diemunsch initiated an incredible transition, and ran off to demolish the elite competition by nearly 45 seconds to easily win the U23 category.
Behind him, Roca and Corral were trying to hold off Silva, who had recovered almost 50 seconds on the first lap of the final run. Down just 19 seconds with one lap to go, Silva was unstoppable.
“There were many attacks on the bike, but we couldn’t catch up,” Silva said. “I had to run very fast to make the podium. I felt very strong and knew I could make it if I ran fast.”
He pulled even with the Spaniards quickly outside of the first lap and blew by them in the final two kilometers. Silva slid past the finish line in 1:51:18 to capture the world championship title, while Roca was second in 1:51:23. Corral was third in 1:51:29.
Elite Men
1.Sergio SilvaPORPT01:51:17
2.Roger Roca DalmauESPES01:51:22
3.Victor Manuel Del Corral MoralesESPES01:51:29
4.Benoit NicolasFRAFR01:51:30
5.Sergey YakovlevRUSRU01:51:35
6.Matt RussellUSAUS01:51:36
7.Richard HobbyGBRGB01:51:45
8.Philip WylieGBRGB01:51:47
9.Alessio PiccoITAIT01:52:06
10.Ilia MazhukinRUSRU01:52:12

Kenyan Makau breaks world marathon mark

Kenyan Patrick Makau dethroned king of the roads Haile Gebrselassie at the Berlin marathon on Sunday by slashing 21 seconds off the Ethiopian's world record despite running on his own for the final 10 kilometres.

Patrick Makau Berlin Marathon - 0

Makau ran under world-record pace for the entire 42.195 kms on the flat, fast course through the heart of the German capital to clock two hours three minutes 38 seconds. It was the fifth time the world men's record had fallen in Berlin.
The defining moment of an epic performance came 27 kilometres into the race on a fine, sunny autumn morning.
Makau, running easily in a leading group including four-times world and twice Olympic 10,000 metres champion Gebreselassie, decided the moment had come to pounce.
He veered across the road, drawing Gebrselassie with him, crossed back and then shot away.
Gebrselassie, who has been suffering from the exercise-induced asthma complaint which has prevented him from running in London's annual spring race on the course where he made his marathon debut, stopped shortly afterwards and stepped off the road.
He bent double in obvious distress and, although he returned to the course in less than a minute, he lasted only another eight kms before stopping for the second and final time.
"I did some zig-zag, at the time he was behind me," Makau said. "I just wanted to run and run. I went to the other side, he followed me, by the time he went back to the other side he was tired."
Gebrselassie, who said before the race he was aiming for a fast time to ensure he qualified for the Ethiopian team for next year's London Olympics, also dropped out of the New York marathon last November and promptly announced his retirement, an impulsive decision he later rescinded.
On Sunday he returned to his hotel and did not talk to reporters but his manager Jos Hermens told reporters Gebrselassie still wanted to cap his career by running in London and intended to keep running.
Hermens said Gebrselassie would now probably run in the Dubai marathon next January to try to clinch a spot in the Ethiopian team.
"It's not the end of Haile," he said. "I think it's the end of an era. There's a new era coming, Kenyans running in the low 2:03s and high 2:02s.
"I know several people in Kenya who are ready to run half a minute faster."
Makau, 26, clocked the 11th fastest time ever at that stage when he won last year's Berlin race in 2:05:07 in heavy rain.
He is a twice world silver medallist over the half-marathon and has run under 60 minutes a record eight times. This year he fell after 22 kms in the London marathon but recovered to take third place.
Makau said he had thought primarily about winning the race and not about a possible world record when he woke up on Sunday.
"At 32 kms I thought I could win the race and even break the world record," he said, adding that he had used the lure of a world record to spur him on.
"It was hard to for the last 10 kilometres," he added.
The women's race was a further triumph for Kenya after their heady performances at the world athletics championships in Daegu where they finished third on the medals' table behind the might of the United States and Russia with seven golds, six silvers and two bronzes.
Florence Kiplagat, another outstanding half-marathon exponent who failed to complete her only previous marathon in Boston this year, went on her own before the halfway stage to win in 2:19:44. En route she set a 30 kms women's record of 1:27:38.
Twice Berlin champion Irina Mikitenko was second and world record holder Paula Radcliffe finished third in her first marathon since she finished fourth in New York two years ago.
Radcliffe's time of 2:23:46 was comfortably under the British qualifying time for the London Games and the Olympic title which has so far eluded her, although she had hoped to run faster.
"In some ways I am happy and in other ways I am disappointed," she said. "At least I have the Olympic qualifying time. Now I have to build on that for London."
Men's results:
1. Patrick Makau (Kenya) two hours three minutes 38 seconds (world record)
2. Stephen Kwelio (Kenya) 2:07:55
3. Edwin Kimaiyo (Kenya) 2:09:50
4. Felix Limo (Kenya) 2:10:38
5. Scott Overall (Britain) 2:10:55
6. Ricardo Serrano (Spain) 2:13:32
7. Pedro Nimo (Spain) 2:13:34
8. Simon Munyutu (France) 2:14:20
9. Driss El Himer (France) 2:14:46
10. Hendrick Ramalaa (South Africa) 2:16:00
Women's results:
1. Florence Kiplagat (Kenya) 2:19:44
2. Irina Mikitenko (Germany) 2:22:18
3. Paula Radcliffe (Britain) 2:23:46
4. Atsede Habtamu (Ethiopia) 2:24:25
5. Tatyana Petrova (Russia) 2:25:01
6. Anna Incerti (Italy) 2:25:32
7. Rosaria Console (Italy) 2:26:10
8. Valeria Straneo (Italy) 2:26:33
9. Eri Okubo (Japan) 2:28:49
10. Miranda Boonstra (Netherlands) 2:29:23