|Euro Champs - Kilian and Emelie bring home the gold. Spain dominates overall|
It’s gold medals again for Spain and Sweden, with Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg, the indomitable winning duo, taking the stage today together with an incredible Luis Alberto Hernando who crossed the finish line in tandem with Kilian.
Today’s final stage of the European Skyrunning Championships took place with 450 participants headed by some of the strongest international skyrunners at the Trans D’Havet. The Ultra marathon features 80km up and down Italy’s “Piccole Dolomiti” with 5,500 metres of gruelling ascent and descent, 52 tunnels stretching for six kilometres, five hours of darkness, and 40° of heat…
Spain ‘s Kilian Jornet and Luis Alberto Hernando raced the entire distance together, alternating the lead.
With a 45’ lead ahead of third man, Hungary’s Csaba Nemeth, the race was theirs – to the finish line and beyond – where they embraced in friendship. Separated by a mere 2” in Kilian’s favour, the pair sliced a mighty two hours off the record. Kilian commented, “Our aim was to have fun – the record was a consequence of the pace, although we moved with difficulty in the first two hours. To be able to run “inside” the mountain was super-exciting, unique.” Their “joint” gold medal for the Ultra SkyMarathon® went to Spain.
Frenchman Patrick Bohard was 4th and Spaniard Arnau Julia took 5th. Podium favourite Philipp Reiter from Germany was forced to pull out of the race due to a fall after 25 km.
The women’s race was dominated by Emelie Forsberg, (who had already notched up a gold and a silver medal), together with Spain’s formidable Nuria Picas, 2012 Skyrunner® Ultra Series champion. They raced together for the first half of the course after which an ever-widening gap opened up between them. Emelie cruised to a comfortable finish – 10th overall – sliced 1h23’ off the course record, and collected yet another gold medal for her country. Incredible achievements, crowned as usual with the winning smile that has become her trademark.
The rest of the ladies’ podium was all-Spanish with Nuria, visibly tired, closing 12’ later and, hot on her heels, Uxue Fraile and Nuria Dominguez, third and fourth respectively. Italian Federica Boifava was fifth.
The successful Trans D’Havet SkyMarathon® Ultra distance closes the European Skyrunning Championships which saw the participation of 24 nations. Spain leads the medal count and the ranking. The medal count is based on the sum of the highest points scored in two out of three events plus the combined results.
The national title is based on the score of the first three men and one woman in all three events. The Vertical and Sky disciplines took part last weekend in Canazei at the Dolomites VK and Dolomites SkyRace®.
European Skyrunning Championship
Spain – 4 gold / 2 silver / 3 bronze
Italy – 1 gold / 5 silver / 2 bronze
Czech Republic – 1 bronze
France – 1 bronzW
Hungary – 1 bronze
2. Italy - 862 points
European Championship ranking and medals (updated July 29, 2013)