Dennehy and Hillyard win media race at the IAAF World Championships

04 / 10 / 2019

Ireland’s Cathal Dennehy won his third consecutive title and Laura Hillyard took the top honour among women in the media race held in conjunction with the IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha.
129 print and broadcast media entered and 98 finished in the 800m race, distributed in 16 heats. 1992 Dutch Olympic 800m champion Ellen Van Langen started the gun while Greece’s 2016 Olympic Pole Vault gold medallist Katerina Stefanidi encouraged the reporters turned runners.
Running in heat 13, Cathal followed early leader Naoya Sasamura of Japan in the first lap and overtook him with 200m to go to finish the race with 1:56.37, ahead of Sasamura, who stopped the clock in 1:58.96.
In the women’s race, Laura Hillyard took the lead from the gun and never relinquished it. Nikol Andonova of Bulgaria and New Zealand’s Alisha Lovrich followed her home.
The winners received a Seiko watch, presented by IAAF president Sebastian Coe.
The top three finishers and the last finishers were also awarded, as well as the youngest athletes: Kobe Tong of Great Britain and Andonova.
Sergio Dovio, a photographer from Argentina, received the award as the oldest male competitor from Coe.
“He is my idol. I saw him win the 1500m gold in Moscow. He was sitting last with 200m to go and ran like Usain Bolt in the last 200m to win gold. He wore bib number 524, he recalled.
Attending the media race for the first time, Van Langen was pleased to see reporters in a different role. “I saw runners at different levels of form, but more importantly they had a great time. I hope to join them in other media races,” said Van Langen.
For Stefanidi, she has heard of the media race, but it was the first time she saw it. “I saw some friends who ran and others came to cheer. Congratulations to the winners. I am impressed. A lot of people ran low twos (minutes). It’s amazing.”
“I think we could also add the long jump because everyone can make it into the sand and that would give them an idea of how long 8.50m is. We could also add the shot put. Like a triathlon where points are added. The relay would be great, too, “she added.
“Maybe we could have a full day off from competition for journalists to compete in many events,” she joked.


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