For the 8th time, the Moroccan Rachid El Morabity won, this Saturday in the Moroccan Sahara, the 35th edition of the Marathon des Sables, marked by oppressive heat which caused more than 45% of dropouts. The French Mérile Robert takes 3rd place. The Moroccan desert is the kingdom of El Morabity. For the 8th time, including 7 consecutive, Rachid El Morabity, the eldest, won the Marathon des Sables, beating his brother Mohamed on the podium. An obvious victory which crowns a race locked by the El Morabity clan. Because Rachid El Morabity is not content to dominate alone the 227 km of races divided into 5 stages. With his brother Mohamed and two loyal lieutenants on the course, they crush the competition thanks to an unstoppable racing strategy and knowledge of the terrain and the course. Winner of two stages (the first and the fourth) and 2nd of two others, the eldest of the siblings nevertheless waited for the long stage of the 4th day (82.5km) to assert his domination on his own. Matthieu Blanchard, 5th in the marathon des sables “They have a whole racing strategy to confuse the competition and wear out their first challengers” “Their strategy is too well established for a European today to be able to really compete with them without investing several years in a specific preparation for this race ”, estimates Matthieu Blanchard, who came to the MDS after his podium at the UTMB to try to grab a new medal. And to continue: “Beyond their qualities and their knowledge of racing in the desert which are obvious, they have a whole racing strategy to confuse the competition and wear out their first challengers. »The key word of El Morabity? Never discover their game. The two brothers never lead the race before the last dune passages completed so as not to serve as guides to their pursuer in the sandy passages. “I think they would be ready to walk behind us before the dunes if we decided to slow down rather than pass in front”, laughs the Frenchman. New podium for Mérile Robert And that’s not all: Rachid and Mohamed run with two lieutenants who regularly break the pace of the race in order to wear out the competition. “We don’t even realize it, but all of a sudden we start to accelerate to follow them so as not to lose sight of them in the desert. They are not worried: if we move away a little, they know the best passages between the dunes to get back to us ”, continues the Frenchman, 5th at the finish, caught failing on a long stage that he ran ill. Another Frenchman did better. Mérile Robert is a regular at MDS with 5 editions to his counter. He already made a first podium in 2018, a real feat on Moroccan soil. This year again, he did everything to thwart the plans of the desert specialists, managing to take a second bronze medal. A real achievement as the domination of the Moroccans on the format is obvious. Aziza Raji victorious among the women Among the women, it is also a Moroccan who won the race, for the first time since 2009. Aziza Raji finished with more than 4 hours ahead of the Japanese Tomomi Bitoh and the French Aïcha Omrani. A race that the Moroccan dominated head and shoulders without ever having been really worried by the competition. However, with the temperatures felt which exceeded 50 degrees Celsius on 4 of the 5 stages, the some 700 participants of the legendary raid in the desert suffered more than usual from the difficult constraints of this independent race. Upon arrival, barely more than half of the participants managed to complete the 5 stages of the race within the allotted time. Almost 50% dropouts “There was an extraordinary heat for the month of October, but there were also a lot of runners and staff members who fell ill without us having a precise explanation of the causes at the moment. Of course, the difficult conditions partly explain these symptoms, but we are going to conduct an in-depth investigation to understand how we were able to go, in this edition, from an average of 5% dropouts to almost 50% … ” , concludes Patrick Bauer, director of the MDS. A 35th edition also marked by a tragedy: that of the death of one of the runners, victim of a cardiac arrest in the dunes of Merzouga during the 2nd stage. read also Marathon des sables: Loury’s feet did not hold
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