To run. 100km World Championship: No medal, but a record for Guillaume Ruel

At just 24 years old, Guillaume Ruel took 5th place in the 100km world championship.  The Manxois athlete takes hold of the new French distance record.
At just 24 years old, Guillaume Ruel took the 5the place in the 100 km world championship. The Manxois athlete takes hold of the new French distance record. (©DR)

He arrived at berlin (Germany) to “win the gold medal” in the 100 km World Championship, Guillaume Ruel he had to settle 5e square“disappointed and frustrated” to fail one minute from the podiumduring a race marked by the double of the Japanese Okayama (6h 12’10”) and Yamaguchi (6h 17’20”).

15.8 km/h

Guillaume Ruel ran the 100 km at 3’47” per kilo, that is, an average of 15.8 km/h. A prodigious performance…

The native of The Vendée (sleeve), French champion of the disciplinequickly found reasons for consolation since he break the personal best in 22 minutes (!) i sets the new French 100 km recordin 6:19:51 am, erasing from the shelves 6 h 23’15” by Pascal Fétizon (in 2000). Everything, just 24 years and for his second attempt at this distance…

faithful to his attacking temperament – “the biggest risk is not running at all”, he said before the race -, the son of ultra runner Stéphane Ruel quickly took the lead, first marking most of the eventbefore being unfortunately victim of cramps in the second half of the course.

At the top until 80e kilometer

“Until 80e kilometer, I was very good, then it was more complicated. They caught me and overtook me because they were simply better, although I didn’t break completely either”, confided, upon arrival, the former Granville AC athlete to our teammates western france.

Not down, thestudent of Tourlavillais Loïc Letellier is satisfied with this Top 5 and the silver medal collected by the French team selection. It already projects into the future with gusto. “It will be for next time. I don’t regret my race tactics and it will pay off for the next championship. »

“Breaking the record is the positive side. The collective results are also a good consolation prize. »

Guillaume Ruel5th in individual, wins team silver medal

After “a bit of a break,” his next big deadline came in six weeks, with the 50 km European Championshipa distance over which holds the continental record in 2h 47’23”.

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