|Nakadai and Greenwood win the 24th IAU World Championships|
On Nov. 7th 2010, Gibraltar was the site of the 24th IAU 100km World and European Championships.
Gibraltar a nation of close to 30,000 people is one of IAU´s newest members and is already a two-time host of Major IAU championships in as many years. It is located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar.
There were over 180 athletes representing 30 nations that participated in the event. Race day temperatures were ideal in the mid-teens Celsius. The course started 100 meters from the Athlete’s Village, which was a floating cruise liner, and took the athletes to the site of 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 finishes 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 who put in a surge mid-way through the race to claim the lead.
Buud on the other hand ran a strong consistent paced race to repeat his sliver medal performance from 2009. He followed his strategy from last year and sat in the chase group until 75 kilometres when he started featuring in the lead group. Wardian looked strong for majority of the race. However, he started feeling the pace towards the end but had a strong finish to claim third.
This race also doubled as the European Championship with Buud taking top honours with Oleksandr Holovnytskkyy (UKR) in 2nd place and Andre Collet (GER) taking the bronze medal.
The women’s race was won by Ellie Greenwood (GBR). Known for her trail expertise, Greenwood proved that she can run with the very best, on roads as well. She had been battling with pre-race favourite, teammate and former world champion Lizzy Hawker for the majority of the race. However, Greenwood kept her composure through the latter stages of the race to claim victory in 7:29:05.
Monica Carlin (ITA), who has a series of podium finishes, at IAU events and last year’s bronze medalist came in through in second place after running in the chase group for the first half of the race. She finished in a time of 7:30:50 after recovering from a fractured metatarsal in her foot earlier in the year.
Hawker, who has been training in the altitude, for some time now, was the race leader for majority of the event. However she faded towards the waning stage so of the race. She came through the line in 7:33:26 to claim the bronze medal.
The sequence of the podium finishes for the European Championship remained the same for the women.
In the team competition, Japan won the men’s 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.
Great Britain won the gold in the women’s 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.
This race also had a Masters component alongside the main event. The masters section was done in collaboration with the World Masters Athletics. Medals were awarded in 5-year age groups.
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Results 100km World Cup 2010, Gibraltar
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