The Colombian runner, Victor Mora, raced away from a strong international field in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Monday (December 31) to win the Sao Silvester round-the-houses race for the second successive year.
GV Runners and crowd at start
SCU Competitors prepare for start
SV Start of race
SV Pan Victor Mora in lead flanked by motorcyclists followed by other runners
CU Runners past ??? down road
LV Runners near finishing line
SV Pan Victory Mora towards finish
SV Pan Mora crosses line to win followed by others (2 shots)
SV & GV Winners on rostrum (2 shots)
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SPORT: TRACK & FIELD
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Background: The Colombian runner, Victor Mora, raced away from a strong international field in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Monday (December 31) to win the Sao Silvester round-the-houses race for the second successive year.
The 8,500 metres race started, according to custom, just before midnight and ended a few minutes into the new year. There were 92 runners -- 42 of them from 27 foreign countries, the rest from Brazil. Since the course twists through the middle of Sao Paulo, there were large crowds everywhere with many people looking on form the balconies of their homes.
Mora shot off from the start so fast that he is reported to have almost caused a crash among the motorcycle outriders, who are meant to go ahead of the runners. He held on to his lead, to beat the 33-year old Mexican, Rafael Palomares. Third was Portugal's Rafael Perez who made up a lot of ground with a strong finishing burst.
Although a light drizzle was falling shortly before the race and the temperature was the lowest recorded in 49 years of the race, the European runners failed to take advantage of these familiar conditions. The Finn, Lasse Viren, who won two Cold Medals at the last Olympic, finished fifth.
SYNOPSIS: A strong international field of ninety runners took part in the Sao Silvester Round-the-Houses race in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Monday. The race - this was the forty ninth -- traditionally starts just before midnight and ends a few minutes into the New Year.
The Colombian runner, Victor Mora, who won last year, started off so fast that he appeared to take the motorcycle outriders by surprise. An estimated two hundred thousand spectators lined the route which twists through the heart of Sao Paulo.
The cobbled streets has been made slippery by a light drizzle and the temperature was the lowest recorded in the forty nine years of the race.
But these familiar conditions did not seem to help the European runners -- among them Lasse Viren, winner of two Gold Medals at the last Olympic Games. They could not keep up with Mora's punishing pace.
He finished the eight thousand five hundred metre race well over a hundred metres ahead of the Mexican runner, Rafael Palomares. Palomares, who won in 1971, only just held off the feared finishing burst of Portugal's Carlos Lopes.
Mora is shortly going to Italy for the world cross-country championships. He also wants to challenge David Bedford, the holder of the world ten thousand metres record.