Monday, August 27, 2007

Mt Kinabalu International Climbathon 2007: Spanish teen wins

Ranau: Spanish teenager Kilian Jornet Burgada beat his more illustrious compatriots including local favourites to win the Men's Open category in the 21st Mt Kinabalu International Climbathon 2007 in two hours, 39 minutes and 10 seconds, Sunday and pocketed US$4,500 as well.

His time was just three minutes shy of the climbathon record of 2:36.59 set by Italian runner Marco De Gaspari in 2003.

However, the 19-year old is still happy that he had won the title considering it was his first time taking part in the Mt Kinabalu climbathon touted as the world's toughest mountain race.

"Yes, I certainly want to come back again next year to race here," he said when met at the finish line near Liwagu Restaurant, Kinabalu National Park, yesterday.

The Pidenes born teenager, who is currently taking up sports trainer studies in France, said he did well when ascending the 4,095.2m high tallest peak in Southeast Asia.

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