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Margarit and Dragomir take the Sky – Spain, Italy, Czech Republic top the ranking

Spain, Italy and Czech Republic top the National Team rankings. © @jsaragossa

The Sky discipline represented the third and final stage of the 2019 Skyrunning European Championships today where the Combined and National titles were awarded at the International Veia SkyRace® in Piedmont, Italy.

The winners and gold medallists were Spain’s Jan Margarit and Denisa Dragomir from Romania. Margarit lead the men’s race from start to finish and crushed the record in a time of 2h53’57”.I didn’t expect to win. I’m so happy to get this gold medal because in the first part I wasn’t feeling too good, but in the second half I felt fresh and I was able to push really hard,” said Margarit. The men’s silver went to Switzerland’s Roberto Delorenzi who placed third in the race, after Moroccan Elhousine Elazzaoui.

Going for the gold, Jan Margarit also breaks the course record at the International Veia Skyrace. © @jsaragossa

Delorenzi commented, “I know this course really well and I think this gave me an advantage. I was in the lead group and after the first climb I pushed. I overtook Jakob Herrmann on the downhill and tried to catch Jan Margarit, but I was passed by Elazzaoui. Anyway, I’m happy with my performance and thrilled for the silver medal.” In fourth position, the bronze went to an ecstatic Zaid Ait Malek who recently acquired Spanish citizenship.

The women’s race was also strongly lead from the start by Dragomir but a battle ensued at the summit with Marcela Vasinova from the Czech Republic. Dragomir got the best of it and closed just 3” short of her own record in 3h23’30”. “I’m so happy and astonished by this victory! The level was so high this time I feared I couldn’t do it, but I gave my all and I did it! It feels incredible to win this race for the fifth time!” she said.

Spain’s Ainhoa Sanz took the bronze in the Euro Champs Sky discipline. © @jsaragossa

Sweden’s Fanny Borgström was a close second five minutes later, taking the silver. “I was really impressed by the race. The scenery is spectacular as well as the course and the level was so high! I’m very happy to win this medal – a result I didn’t dare to dream of.” Just one minute off Borgström was Spain’s Ainhoa Sanz who took the bronze.

Veia – the “Smugglers’ Trail” hosts the Sky

The International Veia SkyRace®, also known as the “Smuggler’s Trail”, hosted both the Vertical and Sky disciplines on September 5 and 7. The SkyRace® is 31 km long with 2,600m vertical climb along paths, ridges, moraine and, with fixed ropes, is a true skyrunning course. It summits at 2,450m altitude where the surrounding 4,000m snow covered peaks in Switzerland design the skyline. 166 athletes from 22 countries took part with Official Teams from 19 countries.

The Sky medallists

European Skyrunning Championships – Sky

Gold: Jan Margarit (ESP) – 2h53’57”
Silver: Roberto Delorenzi (SUI) – 2h57’25”
Bronze: Zaid Ait Malek (ESP) – 2h59’17”

Gold: Denisa Dragomir (ROU) – 3h23’30”
Silver: Fanny Borgström (SWE) – 3h28’24”
Bronze: Ainhoa Sanz (ESP) – 3h29’45”

Full race results

Showing them off – gold medallists Denisa Dragomir from Romania and Spain’s Jan Margarit. © @jsaragossa

Combined titles

The Combined titles are based on the best results of the top three men and women in the Vertical and Sky races.

Gold: Jan Margarit (ESP)
Silver: Roberto Delorenzi (SUI)
Bronze: Jakob Herrmann (AUT)

Gold: Marcela Vasinova (CZE)
Silver: Sanna El Kott (SWE)
Bronze: Mireia Pons (ESP)

Country rankings

The National titles are based on the best four results scored by Official National Team members in each race, counting at least one per gender.

Gold: Spain – 864 points
Silver: Italy – 688 points
Bronze: Czech Republic – 550 points

Full medal count

WADA anti-doping tests were carried out by the ISF.

A finish line kiss from International Veia SkyRace organiser Alessandro Bragoni for winner Dragomir. © @jsaragossa

Alessandro Bragoni, International Veia SkyRace organiser, commented, “We were honoured to have been selected to organise the European Championships. We bet on our team and the Federation bet on us. It was an occasion to grow our organisation and learn from the ISF. We’re thrilled with the results!”

Overall, 480 athletes from 24 countries participated in the three events with 19 Official National Teams. Underlining the quality of the field, all 19 countries earned points.

The biennial Skyrunning European Championships have come to a close. After last Sunday’s launch at the gruelling Maga Ultra SkyMarathon for the Ultra discipline, Thursday’s Vertical and today’s Sky, it’s now time to look forward to the Asian Championships to be announced shortly and, as always, it’s a case of – Less cloud. More Sky!

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