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A mirror image of yesterday's top trio

Etape2-Campagnie-MDS2015-HD-11 MOYReigning champion, Moroccan Rachid El Morabity was all smiles on Monday as he crossed the finish line of the second leg of the SULTAN MARATHON DES SABLES in first place. Visibly less tired than yesterday, he once again outpaced his teammate Abdelkader El Mouaziz by nearly three minutes and Jordanian Salameh Al Aqra by nearly five minutes. “I am very happy to have been able to open up my lead, especially in relation to Salameh. Today’s stage was very tough, but I tried to manage my race well as far as CP2 before upping the pace.” Indeed it was during the ascent of the El Otfal jebel that the infant of Zagora stole a march on the chasing pack previously comprising three runners from the Moroccan team TGCC and Jordanian Salameh Al Aqra. “Rachid is lighter and got up to the summit quicker than us”, confirmed Abdelkader El Mouaziz before admitting that he too was ‘very satisfied’ with this second day. “I really feel much better in this edition and I have a better handle on my exertion. I hope that will continue. Indeed my aim is to finish on the podium and win the race with my team.” In the female contingent, the top trio remains the same as in the first leg. Indeed Swede Elisabet Barnes and American Liza Howard finished virtually neck and neck in a time of 3hr27’26 and 3hr27’23 respectively, over fifteen minutes ahead of the French runner and triple winner of the event, Laurence Klein. “This leg may have been shorter than yesterday, but there were more ascents and it was a lot more technical, admitted the Swede, who racked up the position of 15th woman in 2012. The latter didn’t want to cast her mind forward too quickly to the final podium however. “I may be leading after two legs but I remain humble and I certainly don’t want to get ahead of myself. Nothing is set in stone yet. I know that the hardest is yet to come.”

2nd LEG -

MEN
1. Rachid El Morabity (MAR), 2h32’23
2. Abdelkader El Mouaziz (MAR), 2h35’18
3. Al Aqra (JOR), 2h37’05

6. Danny Kendall (GBR), 2h45’28
8. Dave Mackey (USA), 2h52’56

WOMEN
1. Elisabet Barnes (SUE), 3h27’06
2. Liza Howard (USA), 3h27’23
3. Laurence Klein (FRA), 3h42’56

RANKING -

MEN
1. Rachid El Morabity (MAR), 5h25’14
2. Abdelkader El Mouaziz (MAR), 5h28’24
3. Al Aqra (JOR), 5h33’04

WOMEN
1. Elisabet Barnes (SUE), 7h12’24
2. Liza Howard (USA), 7h20’38
3. Laurence Klein (FRA), 7h38’54