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Today’s youth present a new era of skyrunning. Spain and Mongolia triumph

Spain celebrates an incredible nine medals in the VERTICAL. ©Discover Abruzzo

With 31 countries from five continents participating in the first race of the 2023 Youth Skyrunning World Championships, the competition, camaraderie, colours and burning lungs highlighted the event – for many their first attempt at a Vertical Kilometer® – and a medal.

With four categories and 75 medals at stake, Spanish star Ïu Net, 19, clinched the gold in his category and stopped the clock at 36’46”, the fastest time on the course today. The fastest woman was 16 year-old Ingeborg Syntnes from Norway in 46’39”, who beat all the other categories paving the way for a new skyrunning era. Both athletes took gold medals in the 2022 Youth Championships.

A new country, a first medal. Natsagdorj Luvansharav from Mongolia takes the gold for his category. ©ISF

The surprises are far from finished. The first ever participant from new ISF Member Mongolia, Natsagdorj Luvansharav conquered the VERTICAL in the U23 and took a gold medal home.

It was a day of global results. The medal count saw Spain take nine medals; Japan and Italy three; Sweden and Germany two; and one each for Norway, USA, Switzerland and Chile.

Multi medallist in the S American Championships, Chilean Valeria Correa, on her way to a silver medal. ©Discover Abruzzo

Valeria Correa from Chile, who took three gold medals in the South American Skyrunning Championships earlier this year, won the first medal for her country in the Youth Championships, a silver. However, it was Caroline Ulrich from Switzerland who crushed the competition with an almost a three-minute lead, proving the stellar level of this edition.

Set in Italy’s Appenine mountains in Gran Sasso, the weekend’s calendar unfolds as follows:

August 4 – VERTICAL – 3.8 km long with 1,033m vertical climb
August 6 – SKY – 23 km long with 2,226m vertical climb
August 6 – SKY YOUTH A & B – 13 km long with 1,300m vertical climb

The first scientific research on the Youth category is taking place at the Championships. ©ISF

This seventh edition of the Youth Skyrunning World Championships represent the first occasion to carry out scientific research on young skyrunners. The aim of the study is to investigate hydration before competing and blood lactate accumulation after the VERTICAL. Results of the studies will be published in November.

Spain is currently leading the team ranking followed by Japan and UK, but the battle for the team title is still wide open.
Saturday will be dedicated to some well-earned rest with the VERTICAL medal award ceremony before Sunday’s two SKY races awarding also the COMBINED titles for the sum of the VERTICAL and the SKY results.

Sixteen year-old Coby Marvin from the USA on his way to a silver medal. ©ISF

Youth Skyrunning World Championships VERTICAL race results

GOLD – Biel Sagués (ESP) 40’03”
SILVER – Kanji Kishimoto (JPN) 42’42”
BRONZE – Walter Silas (GER) 42’46”

GOLD – Ingeborg Syntnes Hole (NOR) 46’39”
SILVER – Riko Obata (JPN) 49’07”
BRONZE – Uma Plans (ESP) 50’28”

GOLD – Lluis Puigvert (ESP) 37’54”
SILVER – Coby Marvin (USA) 41’56”
BRONZE – Martino Utzeri (ITA) 43’27”

GOLD – Gabriela Lasalle (ESP) 47’36”
SILVER – Karen Kobayashi (JPN) 49’44”
BRONZE – Alice Maniezzo (ITA) 50’23”

GOLD – Iu Net Puig (ESP) 36’46”
SILVER – Jan Castillo (ESP) 38’43”
BRONZE – Finn Hösch (GER) 39’52”

GOLD – Carrodilla Cabestre (ESP) 47’42”
SILVER – Lisa Åkesson (SWE) 49’02”
BRONZE – Erika Åkesson (SWE) 49’45”

GOLD – Natsagdorj Luvansharav (MGL) 37’28”
SILVER – Arnau Aranda (ESP) 37’42”
BRONZE – Gianluca Ghiano (ITA) 39’22”

GOLD – Caroline Ulrich (SUI) 47’57”
SILVER – Valeria Correa (CHI) 50’52”
BRONZE – Nuria Tarragó (ESP) 51’03”

Full results

Medal count

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