A Kenyan and a Briton head to a scenic Italian village to defend their titles.
On Saturday, some of the fastest 50K runners in the world will convene in Vallecrosia-Bordighera, Italy for the IAU World 50K Championships.
At the top of the pre-race favorites list are the men’s and women’s returning champions, Eliot Kiplagat Biwott of Kenya, and Emma Gooderham of Britain.
At stake is the 50K World Trophy. the final in a series of 19 races.
Those who met certain standards (3:20 for the men and 3:50 for the women) were invited to compete for the trophy.
Biwott’s time is impressive: 2:53:43. However, he is not the fastest in the field with Colleen Makaza earning the honors for the fastest qualification times (2:48:37).
Paul Martelletti of New Zealand has the third-fastest entry time.
On the women’s side, Gooderham has the fastest qualification time with 3:17:30. Japan’s Chiyuki Mochizuki and Britain’s Joanna Zakrzewski have the second and third quickest marks.
The race will be held on a 6.25K looped course with little elevation.
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