|Dolomites SkyRace® - Laura and Kilian take the day|
Salomon’s Laura Orguè, recently crowned Skyrunning World Champion for the Vertical distance, has proved she can also dominate the Sky distance, finishing just 17” short of Emelie Forsberg’s 2h26’00” record in today ‘s Dolomites SkyRace®. She led the race from start to finish, although Emelie, 7’ behind at the 3,152m summit, managed to gain 6’ on the descent to finish a close second.
After her world title in Chamonix at the end of June, and a win on Val d’Isère’s Face de Bellevarde, Laura arrived in Canazei to dominate Friday’s Vertical Kilometer® and command the highly competitive Dolomites SkyRace® - a short 22 km jaunt but with a massive 3,404m ascent and descent. An extraordinary double! Maite Maiora was 3rd, Christel Dewalle, 4th, and Magdalena Kozielska, 5th.
Kilian Jornet didn’t disappoint and ran the show, finishing in 2h03’50” - only 3’39”off his record which he set last year in a sprint to the finish with Marco De Gasperi, absent this year.
Just three weeks from his combined Skyrunning World Championship title and only nine days after setting a record at the Hardrock 100 miler in Colorado, he’s flying again.
Spaniard Artiz Egea tailed him to the summit where he was just 1’ behind, but the pace was too much for him and lost 6’ on the descent to finish 8th. Second was Rumanian Ionut Zinca in 2h05’20” and third, Italian Tadei Pivk, just one second later. Spaniard Manuel Merillos placed 4th and Frenchman Alexis Sevennec, third at the summit, crossed the finish line fifth. A record 800 competitors took part in the race.
The Sky distance has always been dominated by athletes from Spain and Italy, but after only two Series races, it’s interesting to note despite the continued dominance of Spain, the top five men and women in the ranking come from four different countries and count three continents, a testament to the globalisation of the sport.
Skyrunner® Sky Series provisional ranking
1. Kilian Jornet (ESP) – Salomon Santiveri – 200 points
2. Ionut Zinca (ROU) – Valetudo Skyrunning – 160 points
3. Manuel Merillas (ESP) – Mammut – 139 points
4. Tadei Pivk (ITA) – Crazy Idea – 138 points
5. Zaid Ait Malek (MOR) – Buff – 124 points
1. Emelie Forsberg (SWE) – Salomon – 160 points
2. Maite Maiora (ESP) – La Sportiva – 156 points
3. Stevie Kremer (USA) Salomon – 100 points
4. Laura Orguè (ESP) Salomon Santiveri – 100 points
5. Elisa Desco (ITA) SCOTT Sports – 88 points
The Skyrunner® World Series prepares for an intensive month of racing in August with the Course de Sierre Zinal and the Matterhorn Ultraks 46K in Switzerland followed by the iconic Kima Trophy in the Italian Alps.