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SPARTATHLON 2002

ATHENS - GREECE, MA, September 27, 2002

SPARTATHLON - 2002 RESULTS

For a story about this race, see SPARTATHLON - 2002 RESULTS.


Japan’s Ryoichi Sekiya wins the 246 Km Spartathlon

Japan’s Ryoichi Sekiya wins the 246 Km Spartathlon

Russia’s Irina Reutovich breaks women’s record.

 

The 20th International Spartathlon Ultramarathon was run in Greece during September. 190 runners representing 4 continents and 22 nations left Athens at 07:00 on Friday 27th and ended at nightfall the following day in Sparta. The race is a reenactment of a run made by the military courier Pheidippedes 2,500 years ago, who according to the historian Herodotus was despatched by the Athenians to seek the help of the Spartans at the impending Battle of Marathon. History simply tells us that Pheidippedes left Athens and that he arrived in Sparta the following day.

 

In 1982 a group of RAF officers under the leadership of Wing Commander John Foden carried out a feasibility run and proved that the history books were indeed correct and that it was possible to cover the distance as stated. Based on their endeavours an international race was born the following year and has been run at the close of September each year since. In the very first event a then relatively unknown Greek runner, Yiannis Kouros from Tripolis in the Peloponnese came out of nowhere and destroyed the competition. The following year he returned to run an incredible 20:25:00, a record that still stands today for the 246-kilometre (156-mile) distance.

 

In this years race Japan’s Ryoichi Sekiya finished first in 23:47:54 (23 hours, 47 minutes and 54 seconds). The 35-year-old had taken the lead shortly after the 100-kilometre marker finishing a little over one hour ahead of his closest rival. Markus Thalman from Austria clocked in with 25:16:56 and Jeffry Oonk of the Netherlands finished third with 26:58:55. In the women’s section Russia’s Irina Reutovich, race favourite and record-holder of the 135-mile Badwater Ultra Marathon in the United States finished in 28:10: 48 knocking off 36 minutes and 10 seconds from the previous record held by Sweden’s Mary Larsson. In this outstanding performance, Irina achieved overall fifth position. Second and third places were both taken by Japanese runners, Hiroko Okiyama 30:25:49 and Mayumi Okabe 31:33:35.

 

The SPARTATHLON begins in central Athens and ends in the provincial Laconian city of Sparta. In order to finish, the runner must complete the course within 36 hours by touching the base of the massive statue of Leonidas, ancient leader of the Spartans, who gazes out over the city against the majestic backdrop of the Taigetos Mountains.

 

More information about the race can be found at http://spartathlon.webvista.net/

 

 

Keith Ledgard (keith_ledgard@hotpop.com)

 

 

SPARTATHLON – 2002 RESULTS

 

Place

Name

Country

Time

Sex

1

RYOICHI

SEKIYA

JAPAN

23:47:54

M

2

MARCUS

THALMAN

AUSTRIA

25:16:56

M

3

JEFFRY

OONK

HOLLAND

26:58:55

M

4

YOSHIHARU

MORISHITA

JAPAN

27:50:42

M

5

IRINA

REUTOVICH

RUSSIA

28:10:48

F

6

YOSHITAKA

UESUGI

JAPAN

28:31:21

M

7

STEPHANE

PELISSIER

FRANCE

28:38:55

M

8

TOYOHISA

NAKASHIMA

JAPAN

29:19:19

M

9

ANDRAS

LOW

HUNGARY

29:40:29

M

10

GEORGIOS

PSAILAS

HELLAS

29:45:42

M

11

ANDREAS

DRAGATIS

HELLAS

30:09:39

M

12

JANNE

KANKAANSYRJA

FINLAND

30:21:23

M

13

HIROKO

OKIYAMA

JAPAN

30:25:49

F

14

KATSUHIRO

TANAKA

JAPAN

30:26:16

M

14

JOACHIM

HAUSER

GERMANY

30:26:16

M

16

ZOLTAN

ISPANKI

HUNGARY

30:43:58

M

17

MASAYUKI

OTAKI

JAPAN

31:18:10

M

18

HUBERT

KARL

GERMANY

31:26:57

M

19

MAYUMI

OKABE

JAPAN

31:33:35

F

20

NOBUMI

IWAMOTO

JAPAN

31:34:24

M

21

HERBERT

BRITZ

GERMANY

31:36:17

M

22

ROLAND

ROUX

FRANCE

31:37:12

M

23

RYUJI

TAKADA

JAPAN

31:53:38

M

24

SUMIE

INAGAKI

JAPAN

31:54:18

F

25

HERMANN

BOHM

GERMANY

31:56:58

M

26

SACHIKO

KAWABE

JAPAN

31:57:19

F

27

SHIN

OKUMURA

JAPAN

31:58:39

M

28

GERHARD

EGGENREICH

AUSTRIA

32:33:41

M

28

RENE

HEINTZ

FRANCE

32:33:41

M

30

YUTAKA

SHIRATORI

JAPAN

32:42:14

M

31

KAZUHIRO

KAWAMURA

JAPAN

32:48:23

M

32

MILOS

SKORPIL

CZECH REPUBLIC

32:48:56

M

33

CHRISTIAN

LEROUX

FRANCE

32:54:27

M

34

MICHAEL

ONISIFOROU

CYPRUS

33:11:31

M

35

CHRISTIAN

SIBRA

FRANCE

33:35:15

M

36

SUSUMU

NAKAMICHI

JAPAN

33:40:44

M

37

KIMIE

NOTO (FUNADA)

JAPAN

33:45:29

F

38

KENICHIRO

KUWABARA

JAPAN

33:47:25

M

39

MAKOTO

SUZUKI

JAPAN

33:48:07

M

40

YOSHIO

NISHIMURA

JAPAN

33:58:18

M

41

YUKIHIRO

NISHINO

JAPAN

34:05:28

M

42

SHOICHI

OKAMURA

JAPAN

34:09:33

M

43

PETER

FOXALL

ENGLAND

34:20:55

M

43

TOSHIHIKO

HAYASHI

JAPAN

34:20:55

M

45

MARIOS

FOURNARIS

HELLAS

34:21:14

M

45

NICOLAS

REMINDER

FRANCE

34:21:14

M

47

HEIKE

PAWZIK

GERMANY

34:29:12

F

48

KJELL-OVE

SKOGLUND

SWEDEN

34:29:54

M

49

GABOR

SIKE

HUNGARY

34:32:05

M

50

JAQUES

MARTIN

FRANCE

34:32:40

M

50

TOSHIRO

KANO

JAPAN

34:32:40

M

52

ROLF

SIGEL

GERMANY

34:41:30

M

53

MARK

WILLIAMS

ENGLAND

34:42:14

M

54

HELLE MOLAND

KNUDSEN

DENMARK

34:42:50

F

54

ANDERS

JEPPESEN

DENMARK

34:42:50

M

56

KOJI

YASUDA

JAPAN

34:46:33

M

57

MASAHIKO

SASADA

JAPAN

34:48:41

M

58

ALEXANDER

FALKOV

RUSSIA

34:50:18

M

59

EMIL

APOSTOLOV

BULGARIA

34:51:26

M

59

STANLEY

HARDESTY

USA

34:51:26

M

61

RYOICHI

SATO

JAPAN

34:52:40

M

62

GILLES

PALLARUELO

FRANCE

34:54:45

M

62

VINCENT

PROTOPOPOFF

FRANCE

34:54:45

M

64

EDWIN

LENAERTS

BELGIUM

34:57:03

M

65

FENDRIK

LASZLO

HUNGARY

34:57:10

M

66

NOBUAKI

KOYAGO

JAPAN

35:01:20

M

67

WERNER

SELCH

GERMANY

35:05:45

M

68

HIROSHI

FUKUSHIMA

JAPAN

35:05:57

M

69

YOSHIKI

OTSUKA

JAPAN

35:10:42

M

70

MASAHARU

KAJIWARA

JAPAN

35:14:22

M

71

HIDEHISA

IMAI

JAPAN

35:16:23

M

72

NORIO

ITO

JAPAN

35:17:08

M

73

EIOLF

EIVINDSEN

NORWAY

35:19:22

M

73

HIROAKI

ONDA

JAPAN

35:19:22

M

75

TETSUO

IRIE

JAPAN

35:22:21

M

76

TAKAHIRO

SHIMOTANI

JAPAN

35:25:18

M

77

YOSHIAKI

ISHIHARA

JAPAN

35:26:51

M

78

WILLIAM

VERDONCK

BELGIUM

35:28:10

M

79

PIERRE

MITEV

FRANCE

35:28:40

M

80

JINDRICH

LAKY

CZECH REPUBLIC

35:34:55

M

81

DAVID JOHN

SILL

ENGLAND

35:36:25

M

82

OSAMU

YOSHIKOSHI

JAPAN

35:41:09

M

83

SEPPO TAPIO

LEINONEN

FINLAND

35:45:41

M

84

ATTILA

NEMES

HUNGARY

35:48:41

M

85

KAZUHIKO

HORIGUCHI

JAPAN

35:49:35

M

86

TOMOTAKA

KAMEI

JAPAN

35:50:45

M

87

KATSUYOSHI

MIYANO

JAPAN

35:56:48

M

88

TOSHIKI

IKEDA

JAPAN

35:59:02

M

89

SAWAKO

WATANABE

JAPAN

35:59:50

F

 




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