|Kima – more Sky|
Kilian Jornet didn’t disappoint today on the fabulous Kima course in the Italian Alps. With 3,800m vertical climb over seven passes, the Kima Trophy perfectly embodies the skyrunning concept. Jornet’s winning time was 6h28'52". Second, Tom Owens in 6h39'28" and third, Italy’s Franco Sancassani in 6h45'39". Andy Symonds was an excellent 4th. Jornet led the race from start to finish with a constant nine minute lead and closed another nine minutes short of his 2010 record.
The women’s winner Nuria Picas, managed to slice a full ten minutes off Emanuela Brizio’s course record, closing in 7h36’21”. Brizio, hard pushed by Emelie Forsberg and Picas, struggled to capture third position today. Forsberg, second, confidently led the race till the half-way point where she was forced to give way to Picas who widened the gap to finish eleven minutes behind. Brizio, hard on her heels, finished just 15 seconds later.
For many of the top runners, it was a Kima first and it seemed the harder it got, the more they lapped it up. Symonds agreed with Jornet in defining the race as “the best in the world” and Owens, also at his first experience, described the race as “the definition of skyrunning. Racing here is like being a kid, jumping nimbly from rock to rock and feeling full of energy”.
France’s Michel Lanne and Germany’s Philipp Reiter, 5th and 6th, agreed they would like to race it again. Reiter commented, “The time goes so fast - you just can’t take your eyes off the course to look at your watch.” Italy’s Paolo Gotti, past race winner, closed 8th after Spain’s Rodrigues Bodas.
Jornet retains the World Series ranking leadership with 400 points, followed by Tom Owens and Luis Alberto Hernando. Emelie Forsberg keeps her position at the top of the ranking, followed by Blanca Maria Serrano and Kasie Enman while the Ultra Series ranking has Jornet leading with Reiter and Symonds second and third and Anna Frost, followed by Nuria Picas and Emelie Forsberg.
Look out for the fourth race in the Skyrunner® Ultra Series with Spain’s Cavalls del Vent where a world-class line-up is promised.