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SkyGames® - Spain, Italy, France head medal list

(c ) Jordi SaragossaJuly 1, 2012

The SkyGames® opening events kicked off Saturday with the Vertical Kilometer World Champion titles and, as predicted, Spain took the day.  Three-times skyrunning world champion AgustÍ Roc, 40, came out of semi-retirement and, triumphant,  like Rocky Balboa, climbed back on the top of the podium with a gold for the 1,000 metre Vertical Kilometer.  Spain’s Raúl García was second and Italy’s Nicola Golinelli, third.


The all-Spanish women’s podium was headed by favourite, Oihana Kortazar with Laura Orgué second and Mireia Miró, third, a happy come-back after a period of injury.


The day’s racing wasn’t over however.  The afternoon saw an even steeper race with the SkySpeed testing runners to their vertical limits:  a mere 200 metres distance, but a punishing 100 metres skywards. The steep incline didn’t deter the many spectators lining the course and enthusiastically cheering on the runners.


Here, France and Italy were victorious with Didier Zago and Debora Cardone pocketing the gold.  Silver and bronze went to Spain in both men’s and women’s categories, respectively, Jesús de la Morena, Luis Alberto Hernando and Oihana Kortazar and Silvia Leal.


The day’s final medal count for the two events reads:

Spain: 2 gold / 4 silver / 3 bronze

Italy: 1 gold / 0 silver / 1 bronze

France: 1 gold / 0 silver / 0 bronze


SkyGames national ranking:

Spain:  678 points

Italy: 318 points

France: 232 points

(* based on the results of three men and one woman)


(c ) Jordi SaragossaForty medals, 14 world titles and 40,000 euros prize money are at stake in the skyrunners’ “high altitude Olympics”.  1,300 athletes will compete in the six disciplines held between June 30 and July 8, climaxing with the SkyMarathon, compulsory for the combined title.


Apart from host country Spain, the nations participating are Andorra, Bolivia Canada, France, Great Britain, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, USA and Venezuela.


The six SkyGames® disciplines making up the mammoth event are: Vertical Kilometer® - the universally popular formula, here a mere 3.5 km with a 30% incline; SkySpeed® - 100 metres vertical climb with a 45% incline;  SkyBike – a duathlon combining mtb and skyrunning to 2,000m altitude;  SkyRaid – a multi-discipline team relay;  the 21 km SkyRace with 1,350m vertical climb, with a special title and medals for runners aged 16-21.  The events conclude with an epic SkyMarathon reaching 3,100m altitude – valid for the combined points world title.


Skyrunning partner Arc’teryx will be present with a media camp where international journalists will get to know the company, their partnership with skyrunning and to learn about and test the Endorphin line together with team athletes:  Adam Campbell (Canada), Murray Strain and Tessa Hill (Great Britain), Didier Zago (France) and Nicola Golinelli (Italy).


The event is sanctioned by FEDME, the Spanish federation for mountain sports.

Vertical Kilometer results

Men

1. Agustí Roc (ESP): 35:51. 2. Raúl García (ESP): 36:10. 3. Nicola Golinelli (ITA): 36:16


Women

1. Oihana Kortazar (ESP): 43:59. 2. Laura Orgué (ESP): 44:29- 3. Mireia Miró (ESP): 44:49


SkySpeed results:

Men

1. Didier Zago (FRA). 2. Jesús de la Morena (ESP). 3. Luis Alberto Hernando (ESP)

Women

1. Debora Cardone (ITA). 2. Oihana Kortazar (ESP). 3. Silvia Leal (ESP)


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Official website: www.ocisport.net for details.