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• BRAZIL / Corridas de Reis
The 2002 races calendar in Brazil begins with "de Reis" (Kings') road races in the cities of Brasília, Cuiabá and São Caetano do Sul. The 10k race in Brasília had an unusual finish when the twin brothers Luís Fernando and Paulo Roberto Almeida Paula crossed the finish line together. Luís Fernado was considered the winner in 29.20 and Paulo Roberto was second in 29.21. Ednalva Laureano won the female race in 34.02. In Cuiabá Maria Zeferina Baldaia won - just one week after her glorious victory in São Silvestre - the "Corrida de Reis" 10k with the new race record of 34.15. Among the men another race record when Valdenor Pereira covered the 10k in 29.29. São Caetano do Sul had also a race record when Kenyan David Cheruyot won the hilly 12k "Corrida de Reis" race in 35.34. The female winner was Marlene Moreira da Silva in 42.02. Source: http://www.copacabanarunners.net
• ITALY / Cross Provincia di Oristano
The 10.000 meters world champion from Edmonton, Kenyan athlete Charles Kamathi, won the 12th edition of the "Cross Provincia di Oristano", a cross country race held on December 16th, 2001. The race was held in a breathtaking archaeological surrounding, in Paulilatino, on the Italian island of Sardinia. From Ethiopia the first woman, Merima Denboba. These are the official results: (men km 10) 1. Charles Kamathi 29.13, 2. Giuliano Battocletti 29.21, 3. Gabriele De Nard 29.32, 4. Umberto Pusterla 29.52, 5. Anthony Korir 30.08, 6. Philip Rugut 30.14, 7. Luciano Di Pardo 30.19, 8. Andrea Arlati 30.40, 9. Gianni Crepaldi 30.44, 10. Ronald Munyao 30.50; (women km 6) 1. Merima Denboba 20.33, 2. Rita Cheptoo 20.57, 3. Rosanna Martin 21.07, 4. Rose Kosgei 21.15, 5. Nives Curti 21.18.
• BRAZIL / Huge 10k races in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro
The largest cities in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, also had huge races. The "Wonderful City" honored San Sebastian, his patron saint, with the "São Sebastião 10k" road race on January 20. Three thousands runners took part in the event which winners were Valdenor Pereira dos Santos and Selma dos Reis. One week later, São Paulo celebrated his 448th year of foundation with "Troféu Cidade de São Paulo" 10k race. Valdenor Pereira dos Santos also won this race in 29.41 and Ednalva Laureano broke the women race record with the time of 33.43. Source: http://www.copacabanarunners.net
• SPAIN / Human towers at the Barcelona marathon
The twentyfifth edition of the "Marathón Catalunya" of Barcelona has been presented. It will be held Sunday, March 24th, 2002 and it will start in front of the Montjuďc fountains to run through the main streets of l'Hospitalet de Llobregat and Barcelona. On Saturday 23 in the afternoon, there will be sardanas (tipical dance), giants, castellers (human towers), and concert by the Municipal Band in the "Magic Fountain" of Montjuic. The event features the marathon (42,195 kilometers), the "International Long Walk", with a long route of 21 kilometers and another route of 11 kilometers.
ULTRAMARATHON WORLD'S 2001 GLOBAL RANKINGS
Produced by Andy Milroy & Dan Brannen
The year 2001 was far from being a vintage year at Ultrarunning's flagship distance, the 100km. For the first time in at least twenty years no male runner broke 6:30 for the event. Yasufumi Mikami's was the slowest winning time for the World Challenge since 1991. The exciting potential of newcomers Vladimir Netreba and Alexei Belosloudtsev, who ran the year's best two times in the Russian championships in May, was not fulfilled later in 2001, although Netreba did take the European title. Andrew Kelehe's Comrades winning time was close to Bruce Fordyce's course record. Like most of the top male Comrades finishers, he ran only that one race during the year. Yiannis Kouros, now approaching his third decade of world-class performances, ran his best 24 hour mark since 1998 to win a very competitive event at Verona, with Lubomir Hrmo becoming the 6th best 24 hour track performer of alltime right behind him. Lithuanian Rimas Jakelaitis emerged as the current best multi-day performer in the world, making a near-successful attempt to become the fastest ever 1000 mile performer in a 10 day race.
1. Yasufumi Mikami (Japan) is ranked n. 1 because he set two of the fastest times in the most competitive ultra event, the 100km, 1st in the World 100km [6:33.28], 1st at Lake Saroma [6:38.50]; 2. Andrew Kelehe (South Africa) winner of the 89km Comrades Marathon [5:25.51], the world's largest and most competitive ultramarathon, his time was the best since Fordyce in 1986; 3. Yiannis Kouros (Australia/Greece) winner at Verona with 275,828 km, the best 24 hour race of the year with the best 24 hour mark of the year; 4. Gregoriy Murzin (Russia) 6th at Comrades 5:32.59, 1st at the De Bezana 100km in Spain [6:35.19], the only male ultrarunner to successfully complete a Comrades/major 100km double at the world class level in 2001; 5. Vladimir Netreba (Russia) winner of the Russian 100km Championship [6:30.07], the fastest 100km of the year, also won the European 100km Championship [6:45.45]; 6. Leonid Shvetsov (Russia) runnerup at Comrades [5:26.28] in his ultramarathon debut; 7. Vladimir Kotov (Belarus) 3rd at Comrades [5:27.21]; 8. Lubomir Hrmo (Slovakia) runnerup to Kouros at Verona [270,337 km], second best 24 hour mark of the year, 6th best alltime track mark; 9. Rimas Jakelaitis (Lithuania) 901 miles/1450km in 10 days, 600 miles/965,606km in 6 days, best 6 day mark since 1990, second best ever mark on certified road course; 10. Alexei Belosloudtsev (Russia) runnerup to Netreba in the Russian 100km Championships [6:31.40], the second best 100km mark of the year.
Still over-shadowed by Tomoe Abe's nearly incomprehensible 6:33 100km run last year, the year 2001 was not a particularly strong one for the women either. German Birgit Lennartz had previously run three faster times than her 7:28.21, which was the fastest time for 2001. The feat of Russian Elvira Kolpakova, winning both Comrades and the World 100km title in the same year is unique, and clearly earns her the distinction of the year's #1 ranking. The consistency of her countrywoman Marina Bychkova is also remarkable. Hungarian Edit Berces was unable to produce the form of 2000, when she won the world title, but she successfully moved up to depose Russian Irina Reutovich from the n. 1 spot at 24 hours. American Deb Mattheus (formerly Deb Bollig, now married to South African Charl Mattheus) had a huge breakthrough in her pair of South African ultras. German Ricarda Botzon's even more remarkable breakthrough (her previous best was 7:54.13 set in the World Challenge in 1995) to take the European 100km was unexpected. Russian Irina Koval's consistency at the 24 hour event takes her above the 3rd and 4th placers in the 100km World Challenge, Monica Casiraghi of Italy and Tanja Schafer of Germany.
1. Elvira Kolpakova (Russia) winner of the World 100km [7:31.12] and Comrades [6:13.53] a unique double which puts her at the top of the world; 2. Marina Bychkova (Russia) runnerup at the World 100km [7:37.02] and at the European Championships [7:38.21], and third at Comrades [6:24.20]; 3. Edit Berces (Hungary) winner at Verona [235,029 km], the most competitive 24 hour of the year, defeating Reutovich, who has dominated the event for several years, she ran poorly in the 100km World Challenge, but still finished 11th in that race, also won the Cologne 24 hours with 223,673 km; 4. Irina Reutovich (Russia) runnerup to Berces at Verona [226,781 km], winner of the European 24 hour Challenge [226,634 km], winner of the Brno 48 hours overall [361,069 km], also won the Worschach 24 hours [distance unknown]; 5. Birgit Lennartz (Germany) the German National Champion [7:28.21], fastest 100km mark of the year; 6. Deb Mattheus (Usa) surprise runnerup at Comrades [6:23.04], 4th at Two Oceans 56km [3:51.56]; 7. Ricarda Botzon (Germany) winner of the European Championship 100km [7:31.55]; 8. Irina Koval (Russia) 3rd at Verona 24 hour [222,445 km], 2nd in the European Challenge 24 hour [222,650 km]; 9. Monica Casiraghi (Italy) 3rd at the World 100km [7:39.42], winner of the Faenza 100km [8:11.43]; 10. Tanja Schafer (Germany) 4th in the World 100km [7:43.40], 2nd in the German 100km Championship [7:46.28].
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