The marathon fills Barcelona streets and closes Speed

July 14, 2019

A week after the start, the Speed World Championship in the World Roller Games 2019 has ended with the Marathon in the streets of Barcelona. With start and finish in front of the emblematic La Pedrera building, located in Paseo de Gracia, up to 519 runners have completed the marathon (178 in the women's category and 341 in the men's) and have put an end to a historic championship for Barcelona.

The two great winners of the day were the Italian Francesca Lollobrigida and the French Nolan Beddiaf. The one of Frascati has completed the 42.195 km in 1h11:28.742. Near the finish line have crossed the Colombian Johana Viveros and the German Sabine Berg, just two tenths of a second from Lollobrigida, which have served to hang the silver and bronze medal, respectively. "It's been a very difficult race, but doing it in a city like Barcelona has been great," said Lollobrigida, who also won the gold in the 15,000-meter elimination race.

As for the men's category, the French Nolan Beddiaf has returned to be the fastest completing the marathon, just as he did in the World Roller Games 2017, held in Nanjing. In this edition, the Toulouse athlete has crossed the finish line in 1h00:55.872. The Belgian Bart Swings and the German Felix Rijhnen have completed the circuit to only one tenth of a second to the champion. "The atmosphere that has been lived in Barcelona today has been incredible, and I have been able to celebrate it with my partner and my son," he said with a grin from ear to ear, just after getting off the podium. 

With this competition, the discipline of Speed ends, and has proved a successful team: the Colombian. Of the 126 medals that have been awarded, the South American country has added 42: 20 gold, 16 silver and 6 bronze. They are followed by Belgium with six gold metals, and Spain, Italy and the United States with three. 

FOTO: M. Monfort/WRG

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