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Organized by the French Polynesia Athletics Federation (FAPF), the Polynesian Cross-Country Championships took place on Sunday at a new site, in Papa-ra. Attendance was high with 140 participants in total, spread over several races of 2, 4, 6 and 8 km in the heart of the Atimaono area on a rolling course, but selective, with passages of streams, seaside or in sometimes quite tall grass. The ADAT club won the trophy for the most represented club with 25 athletes present, while Central Sport won the most successful club with ten podiums. The most represented association is the Lycée de Taravao.
Benjamin Zorgnotti goes it alone
For the elite men, the race was won in 29 minutes and 27 seconds by Benjamin Zorgnotti, Centralien, who went it alone from start to finish, when he had won the Corrida de Faa’a the day before.
Behind, a group of three men were fighting for the remaining two places on the podium. And it is Sylvain Blachier of the ACE Arue club who, in 29 minutes and 40 seconds, was out of the game by outstripping his pursuers in the last loop. Suddenly 3rd place was played in a sprint with a good return from Benoit Valdier (Central Sport) who was ahead, on the wire, Teva Poulain (ACE ARUE) who ended up close to the podium. Among the women, no surprise either, since Salomé De Barthez (FFTRI) took the lead so as not to let them go until the finish. She is ahead of the two Centraliennes, Élodie Touffet and Sophie Bouchonnet. Océane Tanguy (ASCEP) completed the podium of which Salomé De Barthez was deprived because she was not licensed.
These championships, which were registered in the Top Ten Running coefficient 2 ranking, were also an opportunity for the participants to fill up on points. “After the two races this weekend, in the Top Ten standings, for men, Benjamin Zorgnotti (Central Sport) takes off with 170 points ahead of his club colleague Benoit Valadier (Central Sport). Teva Poulain (ACE Arue) is 3e », Specifies Olivier Agussan, Deputy Secretary General of FAPF. “Among women, Élodie Touffet (Central Sport) takes 1st place and is ahead of the two members of Tamarii Punaruu, Florence Deprat and Sandra Papaura”.
Next appointments for running enthusiasts with the Corrida de la Punaruu on Saturday, December 18 at 5.30 p.m. in Punaauia, then that of New Year’s Eve on the evening of the 31st in Faa’a. The Polynesian Half Marathon Championships are on the FAPF program for Sunday January 30, 2022.
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