11 countries get medals at Youth Skyrunning World Champs - ISF - International Skyrunning Federation

Claudia Sabata (ESP), SkyRace gold medalist for the second year in a row. ©Discover Abruzzo

For the third year running Spain came out on top at the Youth Skyrunning World Championships held in L’Aquila, Italy between August 3-5Eleven countries out of the 18 participating took home medals.

The future of skyrunning unfolded as 128 runners aged between 16 to 23 ran two races for the individual age categories and the combined title. The Gran Sasso Vertical Kilometer® and Gran Sasso SkyRace® hosted the events for the second year since the Championships began here in 2016.

Nikolaos Ponireas (GRE) on the uphill, Gran Sasso SkyRace. ©Discover Abruzzo

Spain again took the lion’s share with 12 medals –  eight gold and four silver, but Switzerland and Italy battled fiercely conquering eight and 11 medals respectively.

The competition was tougher than ever with six countries winning at least one gold medal, underlining the growing success of this initiative.

Hiromu Miyazaki (JPN) pushing in the Gran Sasso SkyRace. ©Discover Abruzzo

Friday’s Gran Sasso Vertical Kilometer® was an arduous 1,000m vertical climb on a short steep 3.5 km course reaching Campo Imperatore at 2,136m altitude The VK overall winner was Spaniard Daniel Osanz, who summited in 36’29” leaving the record to Italian Hannes Perkmann, who won the race and gold medal in 2016. The women’s race was won by American Sofia Sanchez in 46’45”, again, short of the standing record by Spaniard Paula Cabrerizo.

Sunday’s Gran Sasso Skyrace was over a 22.6 km long course with 2,216m vertical climb topping out at 2,533m on Pizzo Cefalone put the future skyrunning champions to the test.

Mattia Bertoncini (ITA), Daniel Osanz (ESP) and Theo Detienne (FRA), Youth B Sky medalists.©Discover Abruzzo

As in the 2017 Championships held in Andorra, the winner of the  SkyRace® was Swiss. This time it was Pascal Buchs to come up victorious with a time of 2h28’57”, three minutes faster than last year’s World Champion Roberto Delorenzi. 2017 gold medalist Claudia Sabata Font from Spain closed in 3h04’28” with an incredible 15’ lead, a star in the making.

The categories represented were: Youth A (16-17 years), Youth B (18-20 years) and U23 (21-23 years).

Ekaterina Ryazanova (RUS), Claudia Sabata Font (ESP) and Meg Lane (USA), U23 Sky medallist. ©Discover Abruzzo

Eighteen countries were represented this year, an increase of five with respect to last year: Andorra, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, United Kingdom, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Japan, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and USA. 

Thanks to the Italian Skyrunning Federation (FISKY) who organized and supported the event.

Combined titles
Youth A
Men: Ryonosuke Ohmi (JPN)
Women: Laia Gonfaus (ESP)

Youth B
Men: Daniel Osanz (ESP)
Women: Cecilia Basso (ITA)

U23
Men: Pascal Buchs (SUI)
Women: Claudia Sabata (ESP)
 

Tereza Svobodova (CZE) silver medal in the Youth B VK.©Discover Abruzzo

Gran Sasso Vertical Kilometer®

Youth A (16-17 years)
Men: Vincent Trouiller (FRA)
Women: Laia Gonfaus (ESP)

Youth B (18-20 years)
Men: Daniel Osanz (ESP)
Women: Sofia Sanchez (USA)

U23 (21-23 years)
Men: Roberto Delorenzi (SUI)
Women: Alessandra Schmidt (SUI)

Vertical results

Gran Sasso SkyRace®

Youth A (16-17 years)
Men: Ryonosuke Ohmi (JPN)
Women: Laia Gonfaus (ESP)

Youth B (18-20 years)
Men: Daniel Osanz (ESP)
Women: Cecilia Basso (ITA) 

U23 (21-23 years)
Men: Pascal Buchs (SUI)
Women: Claudia Sabata (ESP)

SkyRace® results

2018 Medal count

2017  Youth Skyrunning Championships

2016 Youth Skyrunning Championships

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