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28. World Mountain Running Championships 2012: in Italy the record of nations competing. Print
2012wchswinbel.jpgA record 40 nations competed in 28. World Mountain Running Championships 2012 in Ponte di Legno, Italy with eleven nations earning medals in the four events.
The LOC from the Italian villages of Temu, Tonale and Ponte di Legno were impressive with their quality of course and hospitality.
The weather was rainy for the two days preceding the race, but race day saw the Vallemonica area host fantastic conditions for mountain running with temperatures between 10-15 degrees C with just a slight breeze.
Medal table of the event saw five Countries that won titles.
2 gold medals each for Turkey (plus 2 silver and 1 bronze), for Eritrea (plus 1 silver) and for Uganda, whilst one gold medal each for USA (plus 1 bronze) and for Austria. Italy won four medals in total: 3 silver and 1 bronze. Germany won 1 silver and 1 bronze medal, and Great Britain 1 silver. Bronze medals also for Russia (two) and for Slovenia and Switzerland (one each).
There were many supporters from the mountain running families of Menici, Agostini, Donati and the team of volunteers hosted a challenging course.
Senior Men's Race (14.1km,  +1150m)
2012wchsmi.jpgThe Eritrean team set a fast pace and by 9 km had a commanding lead with Petro Mamo over 20 seconds ahead of team-mate Azeria Teklay (ERI). Andrey Safronov (RUS) was just ahead Tsige (ERI) and a trio of Italians, which was the order that was maintained at the finish line.
The team race was very close between 3 athletes but with 4 to count it was Eritrea (17) who took team gold ahead of Italy (31) with Russia (75) taking the bronze medal.
Senior women (8.8 km, +760m)
The women's race saw a return by Andrea Mayr (AUT) running strong to win ahead of a very popular Valentina Bellotti (ITA) from the home venue. Morgan Arritola (USA) took the bronze medal. Sabine Reiner (AUT) impressed the WMRA Grand prix rankings with her 5th individual position.podium_s._w._team.jpg
The USA team were the strongest team taking gold with 3 athletes in the top 10 with just 18 points. Second place went to Italy (29) with Switzerland in third (58).
Junior Men (8.8 km, +760m)
flower_junior_men.jpgThe Junior Men's race saw a strong performance from Uganda's Michael Cherop who was chased all the way by Adem Karagoz (TUR). Bronze medal went to Sommez Dag (TUR) just 10 seconds ahead of Moses Kurong (UGA). A popular Nekagenet Crippa (ITA) was 5..
The team race was won by Uganda (13 points) with second place going to Turkey (20) and Italy taking the final podium place. podium_j._m._team.jpg
Junior Women (3.9 km, +310m
flower_junior_women.jpgThe junior women saw much change in the final kilometre of the 3.9km event.
The leader Sevilay Eytemis (TUR) held on for a 39-second victory from a fast finishing Julia Lettl (GER) with 2011 champion Lea Einfalt (SLO) taking the bronze medal ahead of 2012 European champion Annabel Mason (GB).
As expected the team competition was very close between Great Britain and Turkey, with the gold medals going to Turkey (9), one point ahead of the British team. Germany (15) took the bronze team medals.podium_j._w._team.jpg
Attending the Championships were David Okeyo (KEN) and Sean Wallace Jones as IAAF delegates and Franco Arese, FIDAL President, together Pierluigi Migliorini, FIDAL Council member. The WMRA Council were also present, with new honorary member Pierre Weiss (FRA) who was appointed during the WMRA Council meeting before the Championships.
29. WMRA Congress was also held with many important decisions that included titleupdating the WMRA Constitution and the World Mountain Running Championships rules and other aspects for improving the growing the sport of mountain running. Delegates from over 40 nations were present over the weekend and a strong bid for hosting the 2014 World Championships in Obudu, Nigeria was made and has been accepted under conditions set by the WMRA. This would make Africa the fifth continent to host the world event for mountain running.
Another important step for this year's championships was doping control with over 50 athletes' blood tested by anti-doping officials organized from the IAAF. The purpose was to produce blood passports as a baseline for testing at future events.
Next year the 29. WMRA World Mountain Running Championships will be held in Poland on 8. September 2013.

news by WMRA Bashir Hussain

pictures source by LOC
on front page:
- podium senior women individual
on second page:
- podium senior men individual
- podium senior women team
- flower ceremony junior men individual
- podium junior men team
- flower ceremony junior women individual
- podium junior women team

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