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Martin Dematteis (Italy) and Lucija Krkoc (Slovenja) winners of the first Grand Prix race in Italy. - 22 May 2011 Print
arcowinner.jpg265 men and 96 women run the first Grand Prix race in Arco di Trento (Italy).

This competition was a relay races but for the WMRA Grand Prix 2011 an individual list was settled at the end of the race.
In the men individual Grand Prix result the best time was run by Martin Dematteis in 27.58.
Second was his twin, Bernard Dematteis, in 28.25 and third  was Eritrean Ogubit Gebrengus in 28.40. Following fourth Gabriele Abate in 28.55 and fifth again Eritrean Debessay Tessige in 29.03.
In the women individual Grand Prix result the winner was Slovenian Lucija Krkoc in 23.27 (best female time ever run in the race), whilst second finished English runner Emma Clayton in 24.06 and third arrived the better Italian runner Alice Gaggi in 24.18.


At the start of the 2011 international season WMRA. - 20 May 2011 Print
arcotrack2011a.jpgOn next 22. May, with the first stage of the WMRA Grand Prix 2011 in Arco di Trento (Italy) began the international high level activity of the mountain running under the patronage of the WMRA.
The Italian race is the debut on the world calendar and is also a novelty because a relay race - for the first time - is inserted into the WMRA Grand Prix circuit: of course, will be a classification based on the individual time achieved by each competitor in his own leg of the relay.
Like all the Grand Prix races this competition has status of "IAAF Mountain Running Permit".
Eight countries have athletes entered the competition, namely Slovenia, Eritrea, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Great Britain, Czech Republic and of course Italy.

Valentina Belotti and Great Britain Women Team are World Mountain Running Champions 2009. - 03 May 2011 Print
belotticampo.jpgThe IAAF has informed WMRA that the Italian athlete, Elisa DESCO, has been suspended for two years after a positive sample taken at the end of the 25. WMRA World Mountain Running Championship 2009 in Campodolcino (Italy), where this athlete finished first of the women senior race and Italy won the team title in senior women category.
Following this decision, the result of this competition must be amended and the new World Champion in senior women  is now the Italian runner Valentina BELOTTI, instead the team title is won by the team of Great Britain, and Italy move to second place on the result.

Last news about 27th World Mountain Running Championships 2011 in Tirana and other informations. - 25 April 2011 Print
logowmrc2011.jpgFrom Wednesday, 20. April, until Friday 22. April 2011, WMRA Delegates Bruno Gozzelino and Raimondo Balicco visited Tirana, with Gjergji Ruli, President of the Federation Athletics Albania (AAF - Federated Shqiptare and Atletikes), and the assistance of Nikolin Dionisi, AAF General Secretary for finalising most important aspects of the next 27. World Mountain Running Championships 2011, that will be held on next 11. September 2011.
After that most part of the budget was ensured thanking the intervent of prof. Sali Berisha, Albanian Prime Minister, the LOC of the event was officially created and many of the LOC's members (like for sample, Gëzim Panariti, Director of Finance, or Granit Skënderi, Technical Director of races), were present during these days.
Balicco, WMRA Technical Delegate, didn't accepted the first proposal for the Championships track, running in the National Park starting and finishing in the main Stadium of Tirana.

WMRA News for 2011: great activity worldwide. - 26 February 2011 Print
monaco2011.jpgImportant WMRA Council meeting was held - as usual annually - at the middle of January 2011 in Monte Carlo.

Bruno Gozzelino (President), Nancy Hobbs (Treasurer), Raimondo Balicco (Director of Competition), Erhan Basoglu (Director of Marketing), Wolfgang Munzel (Director of Organisation),  Galia Puhaleva (Council Member), Tomo Sarf (Director of Development), Norma Hughes (In Emeritus), Pierre Weiss (IAAF General Secretary), Otto Klappert (Chairman IAAF Cross Country Committee) and Carlos Cardoso (Member of IAAF Cross Country Committee) were present (photo in Montecarlo). 

Many important decisions were taken during the meeting.


Great success for the 6. Obudu International Race and for the African Mountain Running Championships - 29 November 2010 Print
2010aacdinkesa_eth.jpgMore then 150 top runners coming from seven African Nations honored with their presence the Sixth edition of the Obudu International Race 2010.

In a beautiful day, Ethiopians Abebe Dinkesa (in the picture) crossed finish line in 42.21, to win the men’s race and become African Champion 2010. He won this race for the second time after his victory on 2008, which he ran in 41.45 which is till today record of the race. Second in the race and silver medalist in the African Championships was Fidaku Awash, Ethiopian too: he was the winner of the race in 2009 and in 2007 (and he was third in 2008). The best Kenyan John Sompol Mnangat arrived third, taking bronze medal in the African Championships. All the first three finished under 43 minutes.
Very close was the African Team Championships 2010 where Uganda (formed by Geoffrey Kusoro, fourth, Macdonard Ondara, fifth, Martin Torotich and Dickson Huru) won gold medal with 16 points, ahead of Kenya (silver) and Ethiopia (bronze) both with 17 points, divided for the placement by the best third scorer. In fourth position host Country, Nigeria, in front of Cameroon, fifth. Finished with non complete team Egypt (one runner of the team had problem with visa and was not able to start) and Tanzania, Nation which was present for the first time to an International Mountain Running event.

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