2020 SKYRUNNING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MARATHON: GOLDS FOR MANUEL MERILLAS (SPAIN) & MARCELA VLASINOVA (CZECH REPUBLIC)
2020 SKYRUNNING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MARATHON: Golds go for Manuel Merillas (Spain) and . 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 and Ultra, today it is the turn for the Marathon race. The Spanish national team was the big favorite, with names like Manuel Merillas who finally took the gold, Zaid Ait Malek, the Japanese Ruy Ueda. In the women category Marcela Vlasinova from Czech Republic also conquered the world cronw. Check the video of the start courtesy of the Spanish Alpine Federation, FEDME.
2020 SKYRUNNING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MARATHON 42 KM +2817
On Sunday 11th big names like Oscar Casal Mir – (AND), Daniel Antonioli – (ITA) – (2019 Ultraks Extreme winner, 2017 SNS Italy Sky Champion), Ruy Ueda – (JPN) – (2019 SWS Champion), Manuel Merillas – (ESP) – (2nd 2019 MAGA European Championships, 2nd 2021 Livigno SkyMarathon), Zaid Ait Malek – (ESP) – (3rd 2019 VEIA European Championships), Christian Mathys – (SUI) (2021 Livigno Skymarathon winner) and Marcela Vasinova – (CZE) – (2019 European Combined Champion), Oihana Kortazar – (ESP), Lina El Kott Helander – (SWE), Sanna El Kott Helander – (SWE) and Emily Schmitz – (USA) in the women category will try to arrive to the finish line in frst position and win the title, but that we will see then.
2020 SKYRUNNING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MARATHON: RACE CHRONICLE.
Today is the skyrace marathon, which also decides the combined (Vertical + Sky) Manuel Merillas will look for the combined classification, and will go for everything after his 10th place on Friday in the KV. Zaid Ait Malek and Alejandro Forcades complete the team. In women Ohina Kortazar will do the same after the silver medal of the KV. Marta Molist and Patricia Pineda complete the team.
The heat of the day and the humidity of the area could take their toll in the final third of the race to the peloton.
The first step through the control of Taull arrives leading the male a group of four riders. They are Omi, Ueda, Mathys and Antonioli who pass in 27min, just 1min after the first Spaniard arrives, Zaid Ait Malek with Merillas.
Among the girls, Blandine L ́Hirondel led the way out to the first step, but just 30 seconds behind has our Oihana Kortazar and Patricia Pineda. As the race progresses, Blandine continues to advance extending distnacia to 3m15s to pass through the Spa, Oihana and Patricia are still there, with just seconds between them. American Emily Schmitz chases them at 4min.
Later, at the end of the 2h30 of carrrra, we see that Blandine is still in front, but the Czech Marcela Vasinova now rises to second place. Oihana and Patricia are still after her, almost together.
The men’s race has at that time still leader Ruy Ueda, pursued by Manuel Merillas. His standout victory in Friday’s vertical suggested he would also pull for everything here, just as he is doing. It passes in the lead after the first 2h0643s but apemas to 12s arrives Manuel Merillas. The next big climb will dictate judgment…
After 2h45m of race, Manuel launches to climb with the canes and manages to pick up in the climb towards the Port de la Gelada to the Japanese. He goes with enormous force on the ramps towards the final stretch of the race.
Spectacular ascent of Manuel, which leaves him with a gap of 7min on Mathys at the top and 10min on Ueda.
He is now thrown into an open grave to the goal of Barruera, for the victory. .
Marcela Vasinova leads the women’s after 2h30.She came from behind to take the lead. Oihana and Patricia are still there behind at close range.
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Manuel knew what he had to do and applied it to the letter. He let the Japanese go ahead waiting to attack at the chosen time. He threw himself into the jugular on the key climb, where he tucked 7min to the nearest competitor. And from there to goal, his talent for technical descents did the rest.
Silver for Christian Mathys with 4h0646m. Bronze for Ruy Ueda with 4h10m51s. It also takes the gold of the combined the Japanese, thanks to its gold in the vertical. The chocolate medal, for Zaid Ait Malek, on the doorstep of the podium.
Marcela Vlasinova, won the gold, Oihana Kortazar silver and bronze for Patrícia Pineda. Brilliant all three.
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