Records tumble in Canazei
Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg underlined their star-quality today at the Dolomites Sky Race in Canazei, Italy, as they both broke the course records to take convincing wins, and move into the overall lead in the 2012 Skyrunner World Series...
Jornet took almost 3 mins off Mitja Kosovelj’s 2007 record, as he ripped around the 22km race which takes in a brutal 1750 metres of vert on its journey. Ionut Zinca finished second and Kosovelj third.
In the women’s race there was a clear win for Forsberg taking over 4 minutes off Antonella Confortola’s 2008 record. However, the Swede was pushed hard by 2011 World Mountain Running Champion Kasie Enman. Spain’s Mireia Miro was third as she continues her comeback from injury.
There were some strong UK performances too on this super-tough race with Salomon GB athlete Tom Owens (after what looked looked like a tumble or two) taking 7th and 2011 Commonwealth champ James McMullan finishing in 15th. In the women’s race Lauren Jeska ran a strong race for 6th, around 10 minutes down on winner Forsberg, a performance which puts her in third overall in the season-long series.
Women’s Top 3
1. Emilie Forsberg 2h26’00 (New record)
2. Kasie Enman 2h28’09”
3. Mireia Mirò 2h30’08”
Men’s Top 3
1. Kilian Jornet 2h01’52” (New record)
2. Ionut Zinca 2h06’31”
3. Mitija Kosovelj 2h06’58”