A great fourth place for Giada Specia yesterday at the Marathon World Championships in Capoliveri (Elba Island). in a very demanding race, the girl from Pedavena stopped at the foot of the podium but the placement is sweeter than bitter as for her it is the third marathon race of her career.
«I am very happy: this fourth place is something far beyond expectations», comments the Ktm – Protek – Elettrosystem rider. «It takes experience to aim for the top and I miss it in these long races. Up to the middle I was fighting for third place but then I preferred to go at my pace: if I had followed the Spanish Fischer, I would not have finished the race. I come away from Elba with an excellent fourth place and with an important experience to put to good use in the future: I am convinced that it is important to diversify and test ourselves on other terrains than the usual ones ».
Yesterday was the last race of the season for the girl from Feltre.
“Now a bit of rest, after an intense season” explains Giada who in this 2021 also wore the blue at the World Championships and the European cross country championships and also won the under 23 tricolor title. “To my season I give 9: I have grown a lot technically and mentally ». The winner yesterday was Mona Mitterwallner, nineteen-year-old Austrian European and World Under 23 champion, at the first long-distance test. Among the males, the victory went to the German Andreas Seewald who won with 2’24 “over the Colombian Diego Alfonso Arias and with 5’31” over the Portuguese Jose Dias. The first blue was Samuele Porro, eighth.
Women’s World Marathon: 1. Mona Mitterwallner (Austria) 75 km in 4h48 “54; 2. Maja Wloszczowska (Poland) at 1’13”; 3. Natalia Egusquiza Fischer (Spain) at 7’37 “; 4. Giada Specia at 10” 38; 5. Ariane Luethi (Switzerland) at 14’20 “; 6. Robyn De Groot 8South Africa) at 14’43”; 7. Alesandra Keller (Switzerland) at 16’32 “; 8. Adelheid Morath (Germany) at 18’46”; 9. Marika Tovo at 20’19 “; 10. Rebecca McConnell (Australia) at 21’24”.