Reversing the 2012 result, Salomon athlete Jonathan Wyatt won the Skåla Opp race in Norway on Saturday, defeating course record hold Arslan Ahmet. Brit Orlando Edwards was an excellent 6th, just under 4 minutes down on Wyatt…
The event is a renowned beast of an ascent, rising to 1848m from just 29m above sea level in a frightening 8.2km – that’s an average gradient of 22%!
Having been beaten by Ahmet in 2012 (when the 6-time Euro mountain running champ also broke the course record), Wyatt put a good 2 minutes plus into Arslan for a very convincing win, underlining the New Zealander’s good form at the moment and following up on his 3rd place at last weekend’s Sierre-Zinal race.
After Angela Mudge won the day in 2012, victory in the women’s race stayed in Norwegian hands in 2013 as Inger Nilson won in 1:23:40
Top 3 Men
1. Jonathan Wyatt (NZ) 1.09.39
2. Ahmet Arslan (TUR) 1.11.49
3. Thorbjørn Ludvigsen (NOR) 1.11.55
Top 3 Women
1. Inger Liv Bjerkrem Nilsen (NOR) 1.23.40
2. May Britt Buer (NOR) 1.24.58
3. Kirsten Marathon Melkevik (NOR) 1.26.54