|Matterhorn Ultraks – victory to the invincible Jornet–Forsberg duo|
The launch of the Matterhorn Ultraks 46K, fourth race in the Sky Series, couldn’t have got off to a better start with Salomon’s invincible duo – Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg – taking the win in Zermatt today. After Kilian’s incredible record on the Italian side of the Matterhorn Wednesday, he confessed to being “a little tired”…Again, the Matterhorn was the theme, this time, a backdrop to the spectacular course which runs below the Monte Rosa massifs and their glaciers.
Excellent second and third places in both the men’s and women’s fields with Luis Alberto Hernando (adidas) just 1’42” minutes behind Kilian’s 4h43’05’’ winning time, followed by Italy’s Nicola Golinelli (Arc’teryx) third in 4h45’57’’.
Luis has had a season of coming a close second to Klian: Transvulcania, Zegama, Mont-Blanc Marathon (3rd), Ice-Trail Tarentaise and a shared gold medal in the European Championships’ Dolomites SkyRace®. True, always second, but a position only he can lay claim to behind the seemingly invincible Kilian Jornet. Swiss runners, Marc Lauenstein, Sierre-Zinal winner, and Ultraks ambassador Martin Anthamatten were fourth and fifth respectively.
The women’s field was comfortably led by Emelie Forsberg, who skipped and jumped along the course with ease, flailing her arms in pure enjoyment on the downhills. She was followed by teammates Oihana Kortazar and Silvia Serafini. On the descent from the 3,090m Gornergrat summit, Oihana began to weaken and Silvia closed the gap to finish second just over 3’ after Emelie, who’s winning time, exactly she predicted, was 5h41’16”. Nuria Dominquez (Buff) was third, Anna Lupton (inov-8), fourth and Ragna Debats (FEEC), fifth.
Among the élite runners today, Philipp Reiter, despite the effects of recent food poisoning, bravely finished in 19th position. Michel Lanne and Tadei Pivk were unable to compete due to injury and illness.
Four teams from Spain competed in the event, counting no less than five men and five women in the top ten. A result that confirms Spain’s dominance in the sport.
The Sky Series final, hosted by the Limone Extreme, will take place in Italy on the slopes above Lake Garda on October 13, where the world’s top skyrunners will compete and the champions will be crowned.
Full race results (updating)
1. Kilian Jornet (ESP) - Salomon Santiveri - 4h43’05’’
2. Luis Alberto Hernando (ESP) – adidas - 4h44’47’’
3. Nicola Golinelli (ITA) – Arc’teryx - 4h45’57’’
1. Emilie Forsberg (SWE) – Salomon - 5h41’16’’
2. Silvia Serafini (ITA) Salomon Agisko - 5h44’37’’
3. Nuria Dominguez (ESP) – Buff- 5h59’19’’
Skyrunner® World Series Ranking
Sky Series ranking (updating)