3.4 km with 1,100m vertical climb
September 5th, 2019
Italy’s Nadir Maguet and Christel Dewalle from France took the gold at the Vertical trial for the 2019 European Skyrunning Championships. Bognanco, in Piedmont, Italy, is famous for its mineral water and baths, but on September 5h, water poured from the sky drenching athletes and spectators – adding to the severe uphill challenge.
Nadir Maguet commented, “For me this race had a special meaning. I haven’t been racing for a month due to a knee injury. I didn’t know how it would go and today was the confirmation I’d hoped for, a gold. I also beat my own record from last year!”
The silver in the men’s race went to Switzerland’s Martin Anthamatten and the bronze to Jan Margarit from Spain.
Christel Dewalle, also 2017 European Vertical Champion, commented, “I’m so happy about this race, it was important for me to come this year. I really liked the course. I didn’t expect it to be so tough and to have to race so hard. I’m satisfied with my results because the level of the competition was really high.”
September 5th, 2019 was a big day for France and Switzerland with two podium spots each. After two races, the Ultra and Vertical disciplines, Spain leads the ranking with 572 points. Italy is in second with 468 and Czech Republic, third with 338 points.
The Vertical Terme di Bognanco started at the thermal baths at 665m altitude with athletes individually timed, 30” apart, the elites leaving last. The course rises for 3.4 km with 1,100m vertical climb, topping out at 1,765m altitude, mostly through woodland making for a steep and slippery ascent. Each athlete has their own style of running uphill and the steeper it gets, the harder it is and the less they can run. It’s not just about style, it’s about suffering…Despite the conditions, both the men’s and women’s records were broken.
A total of 137 athletes from 20 countries lined up with 17 Official Teams participating in the Championships.
Gold: Nadir Maguet (ITA) – 37’28”
Silver: Martin Anthamatten (SUI) – 38’41”
Bronze: Jan Margarit (ESP) – 3856”
Gold: Christel Dewalle (FRA) – 43’16″
Silver: Jessica Pardin (FRA) – 44’54″
Bronze: Victoria Kreuzer (SUI) – 45’48”
Gold medallists, Italy’s Nadir Maguet and Christel Dewalle from France. © @jsaragossa
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