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Mike Wardian Describes His 100K Bronze Medal Race

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 10, 2010
  • Updated Nov. 10, 2010 at 10:39 AM UTC
Mike Wardian, on the right, placed third at the 2010 100K Championships. Photo: Mike Wardian

Mike Wardian, right, placed third at the 2010 100K Championships. Photo: Mike Wardian

The American ultra marathoner held the lead for part of the championship race.

Mike Wardian came close to winning the International Association of Ultra Runners 100K Championship race last Sunday in Gibraltar. The Arlington, Virginia resident held the lead for part of the race, which was a series of 18 5 kilometer loops and one 10K lead-in loop. Near the finish, Wardian and last year’s champion, Jonus Buud of Sweden, were passed by eventual winner Shinji Nakadai of Japan who ran the course in 6:43:44. Buud placed second, while Wardian crossed the line third in 6:49:18.

In a post-race conversation with Competitor.com, Wardian admitted that he was surprised by the Japanese runner’s late-race surge.

“I was surprised that Nakadai still had that much left when he passed me,” Wardian said. “He was struggling earlier and I pushed the pace and opened up a gap but he closed it down and then was able to put six minutes on me so I was impressed for sure.”

With his third-place finish, Wardian helped Team USA place second in the team standings behind Japan.

Wardian is now setting his sights on qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials by running the California International Marathon in December.

“I will be aiming for sub 2:18,” Wardian said. “Yes, one minute under the 2:19 standard.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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