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Australian takes lead in Mongol Derby

August 12, 2010

Australian Alisa Vermay has opened up a handy lead in her bid to win the second running of the 1000-kilometre Mongol Derby.

Alisa Vermay
GPS tracking of the 16 competitors indicates Vermay has a lead of about four kilometres, with about three-quarters of the race complete.

Vermay is followed by American Justin Nelzen, with South African Saskia van Heeren third, just 500 or so metres behind Vermay.

New Zealander Madonna Harris, who was shown to be leading the race last night (NZ time), is now roughly 20km back from the leader, but comfortably holding fourth place from American Sophie de Selliers, who is another 20km back.

The competitors are racing between horse stations placed no more than 40km apart, where they must change their native Mongolian horses for fresh mounts.

Competitors must complete the race within 10 days.

The event's promoters say the derby celebrates the horseback messenger system used by the warrior Genghis Khan.

The derby is organised by a British company, The Adventurists, in collaboration with the Mongolia-based Tengri Group.



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