On 25 August 2013 at 08:08 | updated on 26 August 2013 at 15:34

2013 World Championships: second day in Oostende (Belgium)

2013 World Championships: second day in Oostende (Belgium)

Second day in Oostende : the rain did not scare Peter Michael (NZL) who broke a new World record on the 15K-Eliminations race in the men's category. The Italian Lollobrigida won the first medal for her country...


Day 2

Senior Women - Lollobrigida winning the race

The day seemed to be so long for the athletes, spectators, organizers. The rain started falling early in the morning. By 10:00 am, the program had already been reorganized: 500M-sprint races were canceled and long-distance-races were rescheduled for the evening. At 7:20 pm, the first races started with the Senior men heats. About one hour later, the first final of the day could finally start with the Junior ladies.

Again and again for the Junior ladies!

Are the two first places of the category always going to be monopolized by the Colombians? That may be a question that one may legitimately ask. Indeed, for the first race of the World Championship of the category, once again, two Colombians, Johana Viveros and Fabriana Arias came first and second, just before Yu Ga Ram from South Korea. French skater Déborah Marchand was fourth, as last night. The fifth skater to be in the final sprint was the local Sandrine Tas. Johana Viveros raced the 15K in 24’20”043 after making the perfect race with her compatriot. We can’t say that athletes kept their hands in their pockets during the race…

Colombia and Korea copied the Junior ladies in the Junior men category!

Junior ladies - impressive sprint !That was a different race but the podium is similar. Alfonso Cujavante (COL) won the race in 22’24”950 before his compatriot Boris Pena (Col) and Lee Sang Cheol (South Korea). Europeans were the two other skaters to be ine the final sprint, Alberto Putignano (ITA) and Quentin Gireaudeau (FRA). The race was very impressive and somehow less aggressive than in the Junior ladies’.

First Gold Medal for Italy in the Senior ladies race! Lollobrigida kicked Colombians out of the podium!

What a crazy race, what a crazy sprint! It fought quite a lot during the race. Colombians were very disciplined and organized until the very end, ready to send their leader-rocket to the gold…But that was without counting on Francesca Lollobrigida ’speed and energy. Indeed, in the very last lap, the Italian was behind Paola Serrano (COL). In the second last corner, the Colombian badly crashed probably after a “contact” with the Italian. The referees did not give any advertising, and Francesca Lollobrigida could fly toward the arrival line. She crossed the line in 23’58”071 followed by Guo Dan (China) and Sindy Cortez (Venezuela). Colombians Maria Agudelo and Paola Serrano were the two other skaters to be in the final sprint.

After winning the Gold in Cali, Peter Michael become World Champion in Oostende!

Without Bart Swings on the starting list, it was hard to bet on someone considering all credible contenders for final victory: Fabio Francolini (ITA)? Alexis Contin (FRA)? Peter Michael (NZ)? Felix Rijnen (GER)? Patxi Peula (Spain)? Jorge Bolanos (Ecuador)? Jorge Luis Cifuentes (COL)? The race was very intense and punctuated by a few falls (including Jorge Luis Cifuentes and Jorge Bolanos). In the final, you had only five skaters left: Peter Michael, Alexis Contin and his compatriot Ewen Fernandez, Fabio Francolini and Taiwanese Chen Yangchen. New-Zealander led out the sprint soon followed by Alexis Contin and Fabio Francolini. The Italian first passed the French but never managed to beat the unbeatable man of the evening: Peter Michael who raced the 15K in 22’02”458.

Main results

Senior men

1Peter MichaelNZL22:02,458
2Fabio FrancoliniITA22:02,593
3Alexis ContinFRA22:02,848
4Chen YanchengTPE22:04,079
5Ewen FernandezFRA 
6Felix RijhnenGER 
7Paxti Peula CabelloESP 
8Guillermo ServianARG 
9Lorenzo CassioliITA 
10Mauricio Garcia SierraDOM 

Senior ladies

1Francesca LollobrigidaITA23:58,071
2Guo DanCHN23:59,031
3Sindy CortesVEN23:59,554
4Maria Agudelo Jaramillo LuisaCOL24:00,455
5Paola Serrano Burgos JennyCOL 
6Yang HochenTPE 
7Maria AriasARG 
8Justine HalboutFRA 
9Huang YutingTPE 
10Hee Suh SoKOR 

Junior men

1Alfonso Cujavante Luna AlexCOL22:24,950
2Boris PenaCOL22:26,454
3Cheol Lee SangKOR22:26,632
4Alberto PutignanoITA22:26,814
5Quentin GiraudeauFRA 
6Tanner WorleyUSA 
7Kwan Jeong ByeongKOR 
8Stefan Due SchmidtDEN 
9Manuel VoglAUT 
10Philipp ForstnerGER 

Junior ladies



1Johana Viveros MondragonCOL24:20,043
2Fabriana Arias PerezCOL24:20,049
3Yu Ga RamKOR24:20,068
4Sandrine TasBEL24:24,117
5Giulia LollobrigidaITA 
6Deborah MarchandFRA 
7Darian O'NeillUSA 
8Javiera San MartinCHL 
9Arianna PizzaITA 
10Nerea Nuno IglesiaESP 


Photo gallery of the 15km elimination series (men)

Photo gallery of the 15km elimination finale (women)

By Alfathor
Photos: Kevin Lesueur 
Released  on 25 August 2013 - Read 5619 times

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