19/03/2019   Epinal (FRA): Great mark by Yohann Diniz (FRA) on 35km

On Sunday, the French National Championships were also held in France.

They hosted Epinal, city halfway between Nancy (FRA) and Basel (SUI) with the following program
- 50km and 35km men and women: 8.00
- 20km men: 8:15am
- 20km women: 10:15 am
50km men
Sixteen athletes at the start.
Victory for Florian Mayer (FRA) in 4:11:26
Second place to Gerard Guetat (FRA) in 5:03:48
Third place to Maxime Faiteau (FRA) in 5: 06.39
Nine athletes completed the race; 6 DNF and 1 DQ
50km women
Six athletes at the start
Victory for Cecile Naze (FRA) in 4:46:21
Second place to Lucie Auffret (FRA) in 4:52:47
Third place to Elisabeth Brunet (FRA) in 4:54:23
Five athletes completed the race and 1 DNF
35km men
Only three athletes at the start including Yohann Diniz (FRA).
Present in Epinal to test, after almost a year without competing, the world champion in 2017 recalled that he will still have a say in Doha in September, if he will be in full possession of his shape.
In the first part of the race the transalpine has controlled his pace and has a split time to 20km in 1:26:10
He then increased his pace to finish with a good speed and with a last km in 3:57 with a time of 2:29:28.
This performance puts him at the top of the seasonal world list over the distance of 35km, detaching from 1:25 Dementiy Cheparev (RUS) who in Sochi had been able on Feb. 18, 2019 of 2:31:03.
Second place to Hugo Andreu (FRA) in 2:45:56
Third place to Kenny Guinaudeau (FRA) in 3:04:10
35km women
Even in this race only three athletes at the start.
Victory for Ines Pastorino (FRA) in 3:12:25
Second place to Lucie Champalou (FRA) in 3:13:05
Third place to Mylene Ortiz (FRA) in 3:16:00
20km men
Fourty-one athletes at the start in this race that would visit especially on the fight between Gabriel Bordier and Kevin Campion. So it was.
Victory for Gabriel Bordier (FRA) in 1:21:55 with the new personal best (previous 1:22:15 obtained in La Coruna on June 2, 2018) which also lowers France's U23 record by 20”.
"I came to Epinal to do a time around 1:23:00 and instead I did for the first time less than 1:22:00. This is a big step towards the U23 European Championships to be held in Gavle in Sweden ”.
At 5km Bordier was leading the race with Kevin Campion (20:20), but later the latter forced and cut him off by about seventy meters.
In the final part of the race Bordier progressively returned and in the last 1,500m he forced the pace to go on to win.
Second place for Kevin Campion (FRA) in 1:22:01
Third place for Aurelien Quinon (FRA) in 1:24:58
Thirty-five athletes finished the race and 6 DNFs
20km women
Forty-three athletes at the start, who saw the wind a little less, but an annoying rain to be a companion for the athletes.
So it's a bit complicated to perform well.
In any case, a great victory for Clémence Beretta (FRA) in 1:35:13
Second place for Marine Quennehen (FRA) in 1:37:52
Third place for Eloise Terrec (FRA) in 1:37:52
Thirty-six athletes finished the race, 5 DNF and 2 DQ


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