Torhout, Belgium, 19 June 2009

Kami Semick of Bend, Oregon tonight became the second American, man or woman, to win a world Ultramarathon title, taking control early and running away from the rest of the world's top women in the IAU 100km World Championship to win in 7:37:24. In doing so, Semick made the only possible improvement she could have over her surprise silver medal finish in last year's version of the race, and led the U.S. women to the third national team gold medal in American history. Fellow Americans Devon Crosby-Helms and Meghan Arbogast placed 4th and 5th to seal the team victory for the Yankee women. The dominance of the U.S. distaff squad (taking 4 of the top 7 places) was the biggest surprise of the night, and rekindled memories of 1995, when the USA's Ann Trason, Donna Perkins, and Chrissy Duryea similarly crushed the global women's national team field.

For the second straight year, Michael Wardian of Arlington, Virginia was the top American man. Wardian finished 6th in 6:53:17.

1 SEMICK Kami USA 07:37:24
2 VISHNEVSKAYA Irina RUS 07:46:26
3 CARLIN Monica ITA 07:53:58
4 CROSBY-HELMS Devon USA 07:59:17
5 ARBOGAST Meghan USA 08:04:29
6 CROSSAN Helena IRL 08:04:40
7 SMITH Carolyn USA 08:07:03
8 HAJEK Branka GER 08:07:49
9 FUJISAWA Mai JPN 08:08:48
10 YAMAZAWA Yoko JPN 08:10:0

1. MIYAZATO Yasukazu JPN 6:40:44
2. BUUD Jonas SWE 6:41:50 6:41:50
3. CALCATERRA Giorgio ITA 6:42:05
4. BOFFO Marco ITA 6:45:39 6:45:39
5. TAKAHASHI Masakazu JPN 6:51:18
6. WARDIAN Michael USA 6:53:17
7. BUQUET Christophe FRA 6:55:46
8. JIMENEZ Angel ESP 6:55:59
9. LEGAT Eric FRA 6:57:07
10. IZMAYLOV Alexey RUS 6:58:46