Monteforte d'Alpone (Italy), Sunday 23 January 2011
Paul Sugut (6) leads the field.
Paul Sugut of Kenya and Asmae Ghizlane of Morocco are the winners of the 2011 edition of the Montefortiana Turà, which concluded the Montefortiana running and walking festival with over 20,000 participants.
The event took place in the village of Monteforte d'Alpone, situated in the very pretty Soave wine-growing region between Verona and Vicenza in northern Italy.
Named after a sparkling red wine which is produced in the area, the Montefortiana Turà consists of two road races for elite athletes. The route is an undulating 1.5k-loop-course through the village. Women run 6,060 metres (four laps), and men run 10,605 metres (seven laps).
In the men's race, Italy's top marathon runner Denis Curzi was the only European runner who did not drop off the leading group of five African athletes. At the end, he had to be content with 6th place, however, just 9 seconds behind the winner Paul Sugut, who had controlled the race from the start and then proved the strongest in the sprint finish.
The women's race, in contrast, was decided much earlier. Asmae Ghizlane ran beautifully smoothly from start to finish and won by a comfortable margin.
Results Montefortiana Turà 2011
Men 10.605km (22 finishers)
|1.||Paul Kipchumba Sugut||KEN||0:31:27|
|2.||Wilson Kipkemei Busienei||UGA||0:31:28|
|3.||Edward Kiptanui Too||KEN||0:31:28|
Women 6.06km (20 finishers)
The men ran seven laps around Monteforte d'Alpone.
Asmae Ghizlane of Morocco, winner of the Montefortiana Turà 2011
Stefania Benedetti of Italy, 2nd place
Sonia Lopes of Cape Verde, 3rd place
Denis Curzi (2), Paul Sugut (6) and Rachid Jarmouni (10)
Renato Tosi (left) and Gerd Frick
Asmae Ghizlane at the back of the men's chasing group
The top 6 men in the final lap
Race report and photos 2011: Montefortiana