El Morabity and Barnes win third stage of Marathon des Sables

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SHOWS: JEBEL EL OTFAL TO JEBEL ZIREG, MOROCCO (APRIL 7, 2015) (MARATHON DES SABLES VIDEO NEWS RELEASE – EDITORIAL USE ONLY) 1. ATHLETES ON START LINE 2. RACE LEADER RACHID EL MORABITY (1) ALONGSIDE

El Morabity and Barnes win third stage of Marathon des Sables

SHOWS: JEBEL EL OTFAL TO JEBEL ZIREG, MOROCCO (APRIL 7, 2015) (MARATHON DES SABLES VIDEO NEWS RELEASE – EDITORIAL USE ONLY)

1. ATHLETES ON START LINE

2. RACE LEADER RACHID EL MORABITY (1) ALONGSIDE ABDELKADER EL MOUAZIZ (3) WHO IS IN SECOND PLACE

3. START OF STAGE (2 SHOTS)

4. AERIAL VIEW OF BEGINNING OF STAGE

5. ELIZABETH HOWARD (564) AT FRONT OF GROUP INCLUDING WOMEN’S STAGE WINNER AND OVERALL LEADER ELISABET BARNES OF SWEDEN (168)

6. AERIAL VIEW OF RUNNER GOING DOEN STEEP PATH

7. RACHID EL MORABITY (1) AHEAD OF JOSE MANUEL MARTINEZ OF SPAIN (603, BLUE) WHO FINISHED FIFTH ON THE STAGE

8. VIEW OF RUNNERS IN VALLEY

9. RACHID EL MORABITY (1) LEADING FROM ABDELKADER EL MOUAZIZ (3)

10. RACHID EL MORABITY (1) WINS THE STAGE

11. ABDELKADER EL MOUAZIZ (3) FINISHES SECOND

12. SALAMEH AL AQRA OF JORDAN (946, RED) FINISHES THIRD

13. ELISABET BARNES (168) WINS THE WOMEN’S STAGE

14. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ELISABET BARNES SAYING:

“A hard day. It was the hardest day. Very warm – someone measured 51 degrees on their watch as we went into the dunes, and there were lots of dunes and lots of sand. I felt quite tired in the beginning, so it took a while to warm up, so to speak – but it was good.”

15. LAURENCE KLEIN (1151) FINISHING IN SECOND PLACE IN THE WOMEN’S EVENT

STORY: Moroccan Rachid El Morabity and Elisabet Barnes of Sweden continued their domination of the Marathon des Sables as they both claimed their third successive stage victories on Tuesday (April 7).

In temperatures well in excess of 30 degrees Celsius, El Morabity completed the 36.7-km third stage from Jebel El Otfal to Jebel Zireg in the Moroccan desert in two hours, 53 minutes, 37 seconds, finishing 2:31 ahead of compatriot Abdelkader El Mouaziz with Salameh Al Aqra of Jordan third, a further 1:47 behind.

In the women’s event, Barnes covered the course in 3:48:54, well clear of Frenchwoman Laurence Klein in second place who clocked 3:56:12. Elizabeth Howard of the United States took third place in 4:02:36.

“A hard day. It was the hardest day,” said Barnes. “Very warm – someone measured 51 degrees on their watch as we went into the dunes, and there were lots of dunes and lots of sand. I felt quite tired in the beginning, so it took a while to warm up, so to speak – but it was good.”

In the overall standings, El Morabity is 5:41 ahead of El Mouaziz, with Al Aqra third, 12:09 behind the leader. Barnes has an overall lead of almost 22 minutes over Howard, with Klein another 12 minutes back in third.

On Wednesday (April 8), the athletes will set off on the event’s longest leg, a two-day 91.7km run between between the Jebel Zireg and Jdaid.

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