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EL MORABITY AND KLEIN STEAL A MARCH

It’s going to be a while before we see the Moroccan supremacy called into question. Over a relatively fast course, the former winner of the London and New York marathons, Moroccan Abdelkader El Mouaziz was initially heading the race before leaving his compatriot Rachid El Morabity behind him. “Rachid really is an amazing athlete, explains El Mouaziz, initiated in desert running by the day’s winner. I hope he wins it because he really deserves it.” In this way the 2011 winner has further bolstered his first place in the overall ranking.

Reigning champion, Mohamad Ahansal had to make do with a rather bitter tasting fourth place. Hot on his heels, Briton Danny Kendall just 32 seconds behind, is delighted with his run. Looking slightly heavy in the legs at checkpoint two, clearly pushing hard, he obviously still had enough left in the tank and has now bagged a fifth place.
In the women’s category, Laurence Klein once again led from the start to win her second leg. However, she will still have to keep an eye on American Nikki Kimball, who is just 21’50” behind overall. “I think it’s possible to win, the American admits. I have to be honest though, Laurence is stronger than me in this event. It’s her race.” A specialist in long-distance races (three wins in the legendary Western State 100 mile Endurance Run), Kimball could well benefit from a slight dip in confidence from the French runner. “It’s a bit complicated to handle as I’m running blind”, explains Klein. The male and female scenarios are likely to be repeated on Tuesday for the 3rd leg and we’ll probably have to wait for Wednesday’s fourth leg, measuring some 81.5km in length, before we start to see a shake-up.

Results

MEN

1. Rachid El Morabity (MAR), 3h13’43’’
2. Abdelkader El Mouaziz (MAR), 1’12’’ behind
3. Salameh Al Aqra (JOR), 7’28’’ behind
4. Mohamad Ahansal (MAR), 9’22’’ behind
5. Danny Kendall (GBR), 9’54’’ behind

WOMEN

1. Laurence Klein (FRA), 4h30’08’’ (24th overall)
2. Nikki Kimball (USA), 10’54’’ behind
3. Amandine Roux (FRA), 32’52’’ behind
4. Julia Donovan (GBR) 45’25” behind

Overall ranking

MEN

1. Rachid El Morabity (MAR), 6’17’48’’
2. Abdelkader El Mouaziz (MAR), 9’33’’ behind
3. Mohamad Ahansal (MAR), 10’25’’ behind
4. Salameh Al Aqra (JOR), 24’10’’ behind
5. Danny Kendall (GBR), 25’29’’ behind

WOMEN

1. Laurence Klein (FRA), 8h35’45’’
2. Nikki Kimball (USA), 21’47’’ behind
3. Amandine Roux (FRA), 1h29’18’’ behind
4. Julia Donovan (GBR), 1h53’23 behind