2020 SKYRUNNING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ULTRA: GOLDS FOR CHAMPIONS MARC CASALS AND MAITE MAIORA
2020 SKYRUNNING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ULTRA. Our SKYRUNNING section bring us today’s victoris of the Andorran Marc Casals and the Spanish Maite Maiora at the 2020 Skyrunning World Championships in the Ultra disctance at the Buff Epic Trail.
After yesterday’s VK, it is followed today by the Ultra and will close Skyrace tomorrow Sunday. The Spanish national team is the big favorite, with a team formed by Miguel A. Heras, Borja Fenandez and Manuel Anguita in men and Gemma Arenas, Aroa Sio and Maite Maiora in women.
2020 SKYRUNNING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ULTRA 68 KM/D+4.889 M
BUFF EPIC SKYULTRA 68K: 68 KM +4889 M. SATURDAY 10TH JULY 2021
Many elite athletes will run for the victory in these 68 km, with the men category highlighted names such Marc Casal Mir – (AND), Luca Carrara – (ITA) – (Italian Champion), Luca Arrigoni – (ITA) – (5th 2019 MAGA European Championships), Luis Fernandes – (POR) – (10th 2019 MAGA European Championships), Miguel Heras – (ESP) – (2016 Ultra Pirineu winner), Manuel Anguita – (ESP) – (4th 2019 MAGA European Championships).
In the women category a great batlle is also foreseen with brave athletes like Michaela Mertova – (CZE), Ildiko Wermescher – (HUN), Yukari Hoshino – (JPN), Ragna Debats – (NED) – (2018 Ultra World Champion, 2017 Ultra European Champion, 2018 SWS Overall Champion), Lucia Franco – (POR), Natalia Neschcheret – (RUS), Gemma Arenas – (ESP) – (2016 SWS Ultra Champion), Maite Maiora – (ESP) – (2016 SKY & Combined World Champion, 2016 2nd VK World Champion, 2017 SWS Extreme & Overall Champion, winner Ultra Pirineu, Royal & Tromsø)
UFF EPIC SKYULTRA 68K: 68 KM +4889 M: RACE CHRONICLE
Day two of the 2020 Skyrunning World Championships celebrated the SKYULTRA, second of the three skyrunning disciplines up for medals and world titles this weekend in the Spanish Pyrenees.
Taking the gold today was Andorran Marc Casal Mir, a skyrunning podium performer for many years. He clinched the Buff Epic Trail 68K (with 4,889m vertical climb) in 8h10’20”, 31 minutes less than the standing 2019 record. All top six men closed below the record in this highly competitive field.
The Andorran Marc Casal, who from beginning to end has led the test, after resisting the attacks of some and others, finally takes the gold, in an ultra world, adjusted at all times, but that the Andorran has known how to assert his extensive experience in his field, Pyrenees.
Silver for Manuel Anguita (Spain), who made a race from less to more, as we told from his eighth place everything could happen, was going up and stays two and a half minutes from the victory, taking a well-deserved silver medal.
Borja Fernandez (Spain) completes the podium, entering the finish line 14 minutes after Manuel, great race also for the veterean Miguel A. Heras, who finished 7th behind the Italian “Il Capitano” Franco Colle, 5th the Czech Farnik, 6th Luca Arrigoni.
Maite Maiora enters the finish line stopping the clock in 9:23:56, takes the gold, in a race that I dominate with authority from start to finish. She was the main favorite and so it showed from the first moment, without giving option to anything. Gemma Arenas could not get hooked on it, but she is expected at the finish line to get the fourth Spanish medal of the day.
Gemma Arenas takes the silver, crosses the finish line 18 minutes after Maite. Great mastery of both who have led the test from start to finish.
It should be noted that the Spanish take the 13th and 15th place in the general classification of the race, thus highlighting the great race and the excellent performance of both.
Italian Giuditta Turini closes the podium, reaching the finish line 14 minutes later than Gemma. Aroa Sio continues in the fight, he will have to settle for the chocolate medal.
RESULTS SKY ULTRA – SKYRUNNING WORLD CHAMPS 2020
1. Maite Maiora (Spain) 09:23:56
2. Gemma Arenas (Spain) 09:36:50
3. Giuditta Turini (Italy) 09:56:43
4. Aroa Sío (Spain)
5. Petra Sevcikova (Czech Republic)
1. Marc Casal (Andorra) 08:10:20
2. Manuel Anguita (Spain) 08:12:56
3. Borja Fernández (Spain) 08:26:55
4. Franco Collé (Italy)
5. Tomas Farnik (Czech Republic)
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