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2008 Worlds Gijon- Day 2 Pics, World Records, Falls And More Falls

You can view some pictures of today’s action below-

There has been many falls- many skaters are sporting bandages, slings, and can be seen limping around the track.

Women’s 15km Elimination Race: Filled with nasty falls, Canadians Morgane Echardour and Sarah Hopkins went flying into the boards and into other skaters in a 7 or 8 skater pile-up. They’re bruised, scraped, rashed, and sore as heck, but they’re in good spirits and will ace tomorrow. The race was stopped after the crash  and re-started later, and again, there was another bad crash in the boards. I saw Swizterland’s Nadine Gloor go down hard and another skater slam into her. So Yeong Shin and An Yi Seul set the world record in the distance, with Nicole Begg finishing 2nd.

Men’s 15km Elimination Race: This race was filled with action, some that I was glad (and not glad) that I missed. I was eliminated early, and then the next lap, 7 guys piled into each other and fell into the boards. There was plenty of pushing and shoving, gesturing more pushing, skaters squeezing into tiny spots at extreme speeds. USA’s Dane Lewis led a lot of the race, but was eliminated outside of the final 10 skaters. France’s Alexis Contin was led out by teammate and last night’s gold medal winner Yann Guyader, and took care of business in the last 2 laps, passing the Korean skater on the inside in the last corner and won. The Korean skater was dq’d, giving a silver and bronze to Italy. Contin set the world record in this race.

500-Meter Sprints (senior): Colombian victory in the senior women’s race for Jercy Puello, with USA’s Sara Sayasane making a late charge that came a bit short. Brittany Bowe came 3rd.

Men’s race- Colombia’s Andres Munoz took the win, with Nicolas Pelloquin coming in 2nd, and New Zealand’s Kalon Dobbin collecting his 2nd medals of these championships.

1000-meter Races (junior): A three skater show on the last lap, with Colombia’s Sebastian Arce and Pedro Causil earning a 1-2 finish for Colombia with Bart Swings taking the bronze.

Korea had a 1-2 finish in the junior women’s race with So Yeong Shin and An Yi Seul taking top honours.

2008 Worlds Gijon- I Made It Out + A Fight

Today was my first ever successful attempt at qualifying for a final at the World Roller Speed Skating Championships. I skated my 15km elimination heat and squeaked in the top-20, just enough to qualify for this evening’s final. 

The race was pretty darn hard on my legs. I tried to survive the speed that these other fast skaters can deliver! Let’s just say I suffered through my heat, and I get to do it all over again tonight.


Can you spot SSW’s awesome web-man? Look for the grey & white on the outside about 13 positions back with his right arm out- oh come on! Can’t find me? Fine, look for the good looking guy 😉


Senior men’s 15km heat #1 (my heat)

500-meter Rounds: The French duo of Julien Despaux and Nicolas Pelloquin qualified for tonight’s senior men’s 500-meter final. I’m pretty sure USA’s Joey Mantia is sick- people saw him vomiting and also lying on the ground, out of it.


Semi final #1- Korea, Italy, France, France- both of France’s skaters qualified for this evening’s final

USA’s Harry Vogel crashed at the line, trying to outstretch and hark China-Taipei’s Wei Lin Lo. Vogel came short, fell over, spun around, and popped back up.


New Zealand’s Kalon Dobbin reaches for the line along with Colombia’s Juan NayibTobon


Italy’s Erika Zanetti leads the 500-meter semi-final. USA’s Sara Sayasane- seen in 4th- passed everyone in the 2nd last corner to win the race 

1000-meter Rounds: Junior girls were a lot of fun to watch. One of the heats saw the leading Colombian and American skaters fall, and a Chinese skater take the win- but the heat was re-skated after officials made a mistake and the girls raced 6-laps instead of 5.


Italy’sFrancesca Lollobrigida ledas the way in the junior women’s 1000-meter semi-final

Other News: The hotel staff who work in Australia’s hotel found some broken glass on the floor. According to my source, the hotel staff was rather confused when they saw the glass on the floor but no broken windows or picture frames. A source also informed me that there is broken picture frame 2 or 3 floors up from where the broken glass was found.

Fight! Fight! Fight!: Worlds is intense; there was a fight between two skaters after a race today- this is what I heard happenned;

1- Skater A pulled skater B’s costume during a race
2- Skater B was mad after the race
3- Skater A & B exchanged heated words
4- Coaches came in and separated skater A and B
5- Skater A kicked or swiped at skater A, knocking his glasses off
6- Skater B got a water bottle and soaked skater A’s skates, wheels, and bearings

Again, make sure you use the following links for all the news beyond the little that I am sharing; scan them carefully because I’ll be adding more as more come to light-

  • CIC Worlds
  • Gijon 2008 [English site]
  • Competition schedule
  • Mundo Patin World Championships page
  • Mundo Patin World Championships page #2
  • Bont CIC PatinCarrera- live results
  • Bont CIC PatinCarrera World Championships page
  • Mundo Patin’s pictures
  • Cado Motus– insider’s perspective by Australia’s Mick Byrne
  • World Championship 2008 in Gijón, Spain– Bont Forum
  • Equipe de France Roller 2008- blog
  • Bont CIC PatinCarrera- live video
  • Training & News
  • Hotel Leon– Team Canada’s home during the World Championships
  • Roller En Ligne World Championships page
  • A Younger Perspective– USA’s Keith Carroll
  • Skating With Wouter Hebbrecht– Belgium’s World Champion
  • Powerslide Racing News
  • 2008 Worlds on USARS
  • Live video streaming- roller tv
  • World Championships on TV- Gijon 2008 TV
  • 2008 Worlds Gijon- Boom And Bust On Day 1 At The Track in Gijon

    Il Peloton’s Ursula Hendel wrote the following from day 1 at the World Roller Speed Skating Championships

    The Junior Women’s 15000m elimination was a spectacle. Early on in the race there was a spectacular crash and more than a half a dozen skaters went down. Those that followed had to navigate around the obstacles of fallen skaters and at least one didn’t make it. It was part bowling, part gymnastics (I think I saw a cartwheel) and part skating. About half the fallen were able to get up and form a small pack. South Korea’s Jung Eun An was incredibly strong and was able to pull the pack of 6 or so up to main pack and to integrate back into the race. Spent, she finished 5th but her herculean effort made her the most impressive skater in the group. Late in the race a Spanish skater also fell and her teammate jumped to the front of the peloton in a vain attempt to slow it down and allow her to catch up. A four-way race to the finish line saw Germany’s Mareike Thum eek it out over USA’s Briana Krame and Italy’s Fracesca Lollobrigiada barely beat out Colombia’s Rommy Munoz for the bronze medal.

    The Junior Men’s race was equally interesting, with a strong pack consistently pulling 18-second laps. Once again, South Korea looked impressive as Woon Sang Cho and #41 (Peter – I didn’t get his name but wayne has it in his book) took control up at the front. It was clear that Woon Sang was pulling for his teammate, who, sitting fresh in second position, was waiting for his moment to make a big break. Unfortunately for him, Italy’s Ricardo Buggari also made a break and he was disqualified from the competition for blocking. Belgium’s Bart Swings beat out Ricardo and Colombia’s Daniel Zapata for in a sprint finish.


    Belgium’s Bart Swings moving in for the win in the junior men’s 15k

    The Seniors did their 10,000 points and elimination final today. Nicole Begg led early in the Women’s race, challenged by the 2 South Koreans and the 2 Colombian women. The women showed great control and this was the only race of the 4 with no crashes. The Koreans attacked hard in the bell laps but Nicole was able to answer. Although she crossed the finish line 5th in the sprint, she had accumulated enough points to claim the silver medal, with South Korea taking gold and bronze.


    New Zealand’s Nicole Begg pushing the pace early on in the senior women’s 10k

    In the Senior men, there were several individual crashes early on but the main pack managed to stay intact until South Korean skater Nam Yoo Jong took off with 19 laps to go, leaving only a handful of skaters able to answer. A bad crash that left a skater on the track for several laps allowed Spanish skater Patxi Peula to sneak away and gain a ¼ lap advantage for several laps before running completely out of gas and being overtaken by the remaining skaters. The objective had been reached however, and Patxi won enough points to steal the silver medal to the delight of the crowd. France’s Yann Guyader took gold and Colombia’s Nelson Garzon had to settle for silver.

    The 300mm finals also saw its share of heartbreak, after young Australian Daniel Greg, who was geared up to finish under 25 seconds, lost control and fell hard. The American Senior women were on fire, with Sara Sayasane breaking the world record only to have it, and the gold medal, stolen from her by her own teammate, Brittany Bowe, finishing in 26.611 seconds. The remarkable times generated a lot of discussion by skaters in the crowd about the womens’ use of 110mm wheels. There were some upsets with the senior men, including “disappointing” times of over 25 seconds by both superstars Joey Mantia (USA) and Gregory Duggento (Italy), but Kalin Dobbin’s win for New Zealand was accepted richly by the crowd after he injured his groin in the final last year. But the highlight of the night, and the event so far, was the Colombian Junior skater, Pedro Causil, who not only won the event, and broke the Junior world record, but broke the overall world record for the 300mm, with a blistering time of 24.531 seconds.