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Trail race: Jornet and Forsberg Skyrunning World Champions 2012

October 18, 2012

Breathtaking climbing. Skyrunning world champion 2012, swedish trail runner Emelie Forsberg, proved again she’s the strongest. Congrats to an impressive debut year on the skyrunning circuit. Photo from test run with Kilian to the top, 2 days before the race.

Mount Kinabulu in Malaysia, Borneo truly offers a spectacular race course. The classic Mt Kinabulu Climbathlon (26th edition) saw Salomon Team runners Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg collecting top scores and thus claiming the world champion titles in the Skyrunner® World Series.

Jornet’s time of 2h11’45” sets the record for the new course which traverses rather than summits the mountain. Nepal’s Aite Tamang was second and Toru Mihahara from Japan, third. Britain’s Tom Owens was fourth thus placing him third in the world ranking.

A few years ago skyracing and ultra-trails were considered “extreme” sports for a small group of specialised runners. Today big outdoor sport brands like Salomon position themselves with hardcore trail running athletes living their dreams, running up big and beautiful mountains all around the world. Since the race course this year had been changed, runners didn’t really pass the tree line. This photo is from a previous year.

Jornet led throughout the race in a field of nearly 500 and cruised to first place and yet another 100 points in the Skyrunner® World Series final at the Mount Kinabalu International Climbathlon. Killian Jornet is skyrunning king for the fourth time round while Sweden’s super-strong, ever-smiling Emelie Forsberg sits on the throne for the first time. Kilian needed only a third place to confirm his world title but needless to say that’s not his style. More about the race here and here. And more about the ranking here.

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