Marathon des Sables 2009
Over 30 runners have now dropped out of this years edition of the Marathon des Sables, amongst them Lachen Ahansal, 10 times champion of the race and favourite to win this year.
After reaching CP4 on the long stage, he decided that victory was unlikely to be his in 2009, so decided to withdraw. It has motivated his young brother Mohammed , who hopes to win the race this year.
The long stage was a monumental 90km, the longest ever in the competition, with temperatures reaching 30 degrees.
Tomorrow's stage with be 42km, and the organisers have decided to make this the final stage of the race this year and have cancelled the stage that was due to take place on Saturday.
More info, latest results, photos and video clips can be seen on the official website
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