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2008 Worlds Gijon- Road Day 1 Pictures

Today was the first day of road racing at the World Roller Speed Skating Championships. Each of the four distance races (junior men & women’s 10km points and senior men & women elimination) were marked by multiple falls and crashes.

Here are a few notes-

  • One of the high points of the day involved many of the competitors gathering for a group shot for the Olympics
  • Italy’s Gregory Duggento won the 200-meter time trials. During the evening’s final, he finished his sprint and went to the middle of the course. As soon as he was declared world champion, he was mobbed by his Italian team-mates
  • There was a problem with the timing system in the junior women’s 200-meter race- Mariah Richardson (USA) and So Yeong Shin (Korea) had to re-skate their time trials. Richardson finished 3rd overall- Italy’s Giulia Bongiorno clocked the fastest time of the day
  • Two junior men- Jin Su Choi (Korea) and Haotai Wu (China) tied in 12th position for the final spot for the 200-meter final. They had to have a skate-off, Jin Su Choi and advanced to the final
  • Joey Mantia won the senior men’s 20km elimination race leading out the final lap 
  • Colombia’s junior woman Carolina Magana fell down the final stretch of the 200-meter final, dashing her medal hopes
  • Colombia’s Jennifer Caicedo won the gold medal in the senior women’s 200-meter race
  • Germany’s Mareike Thum fell during the junior women’s 10km points race- her team mate worked with her and pulled her along to avoid getting lapped and to hold on to the bronze medal- Korea’s Seul Li won the race
  • Bart Swings (Belgium) and Ricardo Bugari (Italy) kept control of the front of the race in the junior men’s race, taking the majority of the points. Swings won the gold with an 8 point margine- 20 to 8 over Bugari
  • Carolona Upegui set the women’s 20km elimination world record, earning Colombia’s second gold medal of the evening