Lu sur la newsletter de décembre des centurions australiens:
le récit de marcheur marcheur en Malaisie en version anglaise
He wasn't the only one there - the intrepid Emmanuel Tardi was also participating and shared his thoughts on the event.
I was in Putrajaya (Malaysia) last weekend for their annual 12 hours racewalk event. Putrajaya is a very new city that will become the capital of Malaysia in the next 10 years. The race was on a 1km lap in the middle of the city
on the main avenue. The start time was 8pm on the Saturday evening and the end time was 8am on the Sunday morning. The event saw more than 1000 starters but, as usual, lots of them walked only a few hours before stopping. There were a number of foreign walkers, from Hong Kong, from France, from Australia. In the men's race, Mohd Khair Ahmad and Mohd Rahman Bin Abu Bakar were well in front after the first 2 hours. After about 6 hours, Ahmad sped up and cleared away to become a sole leader. While Ahmad's style was perfect, Bakar's was suspect and he received two red cards as the race progressed. In this event, you are docked one lap for each red card so overall, Bakar had 2 laps subtracted from his final total. That meant that Ahmad won with 98 laps (98km) ahead of Ahmad with 94 laps (94 km). Singapore Peter Back who came 3 rd(91 laps) is an Australian who has lived in Singapore for about 16 years and is a race walker. In the women's race, marathon runner Chooi Fern (age 23 - 2d with 3:30 in the last Kuala Lumpur Marathon) started fast with perfect style and was untroubled to win with 87 laps (87km). French ultra star Claudine Anxionnat started slower and could not catch her, eventually finishing third with 84 laps (84km). For myself , as usual .... , I have big problems with sleeping and I stopped the race after 9 hours for a long rest :(You can check out Emmanuel's large collection of photos at
. His next race will be the ''Coupe de Noel '' in Yverdon, Switzerland, next Sunday. Talk about no rest for the wicked!
A lire aussi sur cette même newsletter le récit de Tim Erickson sur les 12 heurtes de Putrajaya