STAGE 4: SPECIAL
A blow for Rachid El Morabity
Last year’s winner and so far leader of the race after 3 legs of the 27th Sultan MARATHON DES SABLES, Rachid El Morabity was forced to withdraw due to a medical problem. The incident happened about 1km before the finish line of the long leg between El Maharch and djebel El Mraïer (81.5km). The night had only just fallen when the 30 year old Moroccan runner felt an extremely violent pain in his left thigh. He sent off his emergency flares, and he was quickly taken care of. He was given painkillers before being taken back to the bivouac clinic of the MARATHON DES SABLES for further examination.
The first tests, amongts which an echography, revealed an important muscle lesion on the quadriceps, but no fracture. Rachid El Morabity will nonetheless have to undergo surgery in the next few days. He will be rapatriated on Thursday.
The winner of today’s stage, Jordanian competitor Salameh Al Aqra has taken the lead before Mohamad Ahansal, 21’38’’ behind, and Portuguese runner Carlos Alberto Gomes de Sa, 1h27’05’’ behind.