This weekend just gone, the Skyrunning circus rolled into Canazei in Italy for another series of mountain trail races at the European SkyRunning Championships.
First up was the Vertical Kilometer race where competitors stormed 1000 metres vertically up into the Dolomites.
The men’s race was won by Kilian Jornet, who manages to smash the course record whilst also clinching victory in a 150 metre sprint for the finish line, beating Philip Goetsch.
Right from the off competition was fierce in the men’s race from Vertical Series champion and course record holder Urban Zemmer and last-minute entry Saul Antonio Padua, who beat Kilian in the recent Mont-Blanc KM Vertical. Padua shot ahead at the start, determined to carry out a repeat performance, followed by Zemmer, new-comer Philip Goetsch and Jornet. Zemmer moved into first position followed by Goetsch and Jornet to the col where Jornet changed gear and sprinted strongly to the finish, demolishing the record…and his adversaries.
The new Vertical Kilometer® world record for a race between 1,000m and 2,000m is 32’43″. The three men were under the race record: Zemmer, in 32’50” and Goetsch, in 32’54”. 2012 winner Neijc Kuhar, and Matheo Jaquemoud, Kilian’s Mont Blanc record partner were 4th and 5th respectively.
The women’s race favourite didn’t disappoint either, and 2012 winner Antonella Confortola charged up the 1,000m face with strength and confidence to take the win and the gold for Italy. Her winning time of 41’02” was nearly two minutes up on her 2008 standing record. Emelie Forsberg who, like Kilian, winner of last week’s mammoth 65 km Ice-Trail, is set to take on all three distances in the Championships. She clocked in at 45’01”, two minutes behind Confortola and took home the European silver medal for Sweden. The Czech Republic, participating with an impressive 13-man team in the three competitions, took the bronze with Iva Milesova’s excellent third in her first-ever VK in a time of 43’09”.
Vertical Kilometre race results
- JORNET KILIAN (ESP) SALOMON SANTIVERI – 32’43”
- ZEMMER URBAN (ITA) – LA SPORTIVA – 32Ì50”
- GOETSCH PHILIP (ITA) – BOGN DA NIA – 32’54”
- KUHAR NEJC (SLO) – LA SPORTIVA – 34’25”
- JAQUEMOUD MATHEO (FRA) – CRAZY IDEA – 35’04”
- CONFORTOLA ANTONELLA (ITA) - G.S. FORESTALE – 41’02”
- FORSBERG EMELIE (SWE) – SALOMON – 43’01”
- MILESOVA IVA (CZE) CZECH REPUBLIC - 43’09”
- SERAFINI SILVIA (ITA)- SALOMON AGISKO – 43’18”
- ROSSI FRANCESCA (ITA) – 43’44”
European Skyrunning Championship Dolomites SkyRace
The next event of the European championships took place on Sunday 21st July with the running of the 22km Dolomites SkyRace.
The men’s competition got underway with familiar front-runners Kilian Jornet and Marco De Gasperi battling it out at the front. he pair raced closely together on the ascent - only seconds apart, alternating the lead. As they summited the Piz Boè massif, Kilian had no more than a 10 second advantage. The couple descended the steep rocky gorge, every so often exchanging words as they both raced under course record time. As they reached the town centre and the last red-carpeted stretch leading up to the finish line, Kilian lengthened his stride and opened a 3” gap between them to close in 2h00’11”. Marco was visibly disappointed.
I gave it everything I had,
An excellent Tadei Pivk rolled in just four minutes later to give Italy both the silver and bronze medals. Romanian Ionut Zinca was fourth and Alexis Sevennec representing France, fifth.
In the women’s event Emelie Forsberg was out on her own for the entire race – in fact, without other competition up front, she had difficulty pacing herself. She clocked in with a time of 2h26’52” - just 52” over her winning time last year and took the gold for Sweden.
Italy’s Silvia Serafini ran an excellent race, closing second in 2h36’55” taking the silver. Nuria Dominquez and Maite Maiora for Spain were 3rd and 4th respectively, with 5th place going to Dominika Wisniewska of Poland.
- JORNET KILIAN (ESP) SALOMON SANTIVERI – 2h00’11”
- DE GASPERI MARCO (ITA) GS FORESTALE – 2h00’14”
- PIVK TADEI (ITA) CRAZY IDEA – 2h04’10”
- ZINCA IONUT (ROU) VALETUDO SKYRUNNING – 2h07’26”
- SEVENNEC ALEXIS (FRA) CRAZY IDEA – 2h07’58”
- FORSBERG EMELIE (SWE) SALOMON 2h26’52”
- SERAFINI SILVIA (ITA) SALOMON AGISKO – 2h36’55”
- DOMINGUEZ NURIA (ESP) TEAM ESPANA – 2h37’41
- MAIORA MAITE (ESP) TEAM ESPANA – 2h37’58
- WISNIEWSKA DOMINIKA (POL) – TEAM POLAND – 2h40’30”