USA’S Tony Migliozzi retained the men’s title while Kenya’s Risper Kimaiyo reigned supreme among women on her maiden attempt in the Second International Association of Ultrarunners’ (IAU) 50KM World Championships at the Aspire Zone last week.
Migliozzi finished in 2:54:25sec while Kimaiyo romped home in 3:22:42 as the championship tested the endurance of athletes from 21 countries.
“The conditions were really difficult. It was run on a hard surface in difficult weather. But Doha has been so accommodating and the organisers have been really working hard to make it an easy process,” Migliozzi told Doha Stadium Plus after collecting his gold medal at the prize distribution ceremony held at Aspire Dome.
“It’s the second time that I’ve won the 50km in Doha. I was confident from the start. It was important to stay focused throughout such a long race,” he added.
Kimaiyo was equally delighted.
“It was my first attempt in 50km. I liked the race and I look forward to returning for the next edition,” said Kimaiyo.
USA and Great Britain walked away with honours in the 50km men’s and women’s team category respectively.
In the Aspire International 6:50 Race for Qatari runners, where competitors tried their luck over 50km with the challenge of finishing the 10-lap journey under six hours, Abdullah Al Hemaidi emerged as the winner. Mohammed Al Obaidly and Mohammed Al Shahri finished second and third respectively.