The 'waterpoints' are treacherous .... it is absolutely important
to get the right sustenance in, and it is also during these moments
that some athletes like to stage attacks. And this is exactly when
Kenyan, Frederick Cherono - PB 2:08:47 Roma 2003, thought it appropriate
to do. Some grabbed water only, whereas numerous runners were looking
Young-joon - Gharib
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designated bottles. The move would be significant only in that
it would stagger the lead group into packs and not one massive group.
The pace from 15 to 20K was not swift - 15:54, so the power of this
surge is quite notable for creating a reason for concern.
At the half
split, there were still 24 athletes within 5 seconds of one
another and another 21 athletes packed together within 5 seconds
of the athlete in position 24. The time was 1:04:45 for halfway,
a 2:09:30 marathon pace ... not slow for a Championship and it would
undoubtedly still pick up. For the spectators we had Notre Dame
and hopefully some runners were not beginning to feel the weight
on their shoulders.
incredibly 39 athletes were still within 3 seconds of the lead.
This was due to the 5k pace dropping to a 16:27. The calm before
the storm. Something had to give, but who would be the 1st to show
Going through 30K,
and the real racing is expected to happen pretty soon. There are
now 15 athletes within 1 second of one another with the clock reading
1:32.32 ... And Moroccan great, Khallid Skah is within 6 seconds
of the lead, however that will be as good as it gets, eventually
finishing 38th in 2:16:34.
Rey, found himself in front and offered Algerian Rachid Ziar [PB
2:09:54] a chance of pace duties, which was gracefully declined.
Then the Spaniard decided to say 'bye bye', and speeded up without
warning. It was not a hostile attack, however once Rey returned
to the pack there were only a dozen at the table. Race favourite
and defending champion Gezahegne Abera, is not one of them. Baldini
certainly is though.
1hr 38 into the race and Gharib and Rey break clear. The response
from the pack is not immediate, and Rotich is the 1st to break in
pursuit followed by Japan's Shigeru Aburaya [PB 2:09:30 Tokyo 2003],
Italians Daniele Caimmi [PB 2:08:59 Milano 2002] and Baldini. Gharib
doesn't allow the pace to relax and the Spaniard allows a slight
gap to open between him and
Passing the Eiffel
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the athlete from North Africa clad in green. Rey is not out of
it, however Rotich is now his tracker.
comes and goes in 1:47:16, with Rotich and Gharib together. Rey
is 1 second behind this pace, with the Italian duo a further 13
seconds in arrears.
Gharib is not lying down and he is still pushing a punishing pace.
The last 5K was 14:44 and we still have another 7K of racing left.
1:51 into the race and Baldini's group is making no impact on the
front trio. Rotich suprisingly, is the 1st to feel the heat of the
Moroccan's pace and is now prey for the Italian job.
2Hrs into the race, and Gharib is still content to apply the pressure.
Rey seems to be biding his time, while Baldini finally leaves the
safety of foursome and strikes out to vanquish Rotich. He has left
his attack too late, as he breezes past the Kenyan with contemptuous
2:02:06 and the leader is through 40K,
a 14:50 5K and the last 10K a swift 29:34. Gharib in only his 2nd
marathon is showing tremendous composure. 2:04 into the race and
a large smile creases his face. They into the last 1.2K, and Rey
comes alongside the Moroccan ... into the stadium ... Gharib breaks
free for the last time and canters away to a well-deserved victory.
2:08:31 for a new Championship Record.
Rey 2nd in 2:08:38 ... Baldini takes Bronze with 2:09:14 with Portuguese
surprise Alberto Chaiça 4th in a 2:09:25 PB [previous 2:12:02
Berlin 2002] and Shigeru 5th in 2:09:26 .
The Team Event is a tight affair with Japan edging Spain for the
Gold and South Africa taking Bronze. | results
Julio Rey quote : "After the
European Championships last year (when he thought he had won
but finished third because he had no information about two runners
ahead of him) I was determined to be alongside anybody who was
at the front. I didn't care about the time, I was staying with the
person in the lead"
Men's Marathon Results - Saturday, August 13, 2005 : click
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