Álex Jiménez and Jesús Olmos won the silver and bronze
MADRID, Nov. 5 (.) –
The Spanish athlete Chakib Lachgar has been proclaimed world champion of 50 kilometers in the World Ultramarathon held this Sunday in the Indian town of Hyderabad, while his compatriots Álex Jiménez and Jesús Olmos have won silver and bronze to close a triplet historic for Spain.
The Gipuzkoan, who was making his debut with the national team, thus succeeds Iraitz Arrospide from San Sebastian, who won the title in Brasov 2019. Lachgar clocked a time of 2:48:20 in his debut in the 50 kilometers, achieving the second Spanish record of the story just over 30 seconds behind Arrospide’s own record.
Álex Jiménez ‘El Balilla’, who was also competing in ultra-distance for the first time, crossed the finish line in a time of 2:49:30, the fourth best Spanish time ever, to take silver; and Jesús Ángel Olmos, national 50 km champion, came third with 2:50:12, a personal record and fifth Spanish record in history.
Between them, they lifted Spain to the world team title with a joint time of 8:28:02, 20 minutes faster than India, ranked second, and 23 minutes ahead of Great Britain, bronze.
European runner-up Alberto Puyuelo finished in fifth position with 2:52:32, while Houssame Benabbou and Carles Montllor were unable to finish the race.
In the women’s event, national champion Mireia Sosa was the best classified in Spain, 17th with 3:41:17, while Yésica Más finished 20th with 3:44:34. María Isabel Sixto and Bárbara Ramón could not finish the race, so Spain did not score in the team classification.