Kilian Jornet wins fourth Trofeo Kima in record time

27 August 2018
Kilian Jornet wins fourth Trofeo Kima in record time

After winning his sixth Sierre Zinal two weeks ago, today Kilian Jornet won the Trofeo Kima (Val Masino, Italy)  for the fourth time, setting a new record of 6h09’19’’, beating the 6h10’44’’ set by the Nepalese Bhim Gurung in 2016. The race, run over 52km with 4,200m of overall ascent, is one of the world’s most technical and difficult, known for its glacial moraines, steep summits and ridges, precipitous paths, rocky terrain, snowy slopes and several points where there are fixed ropes.  

Bad weather delayed the start by 90 minutes and Jornet set off on an easy 15km ascent on well-trodden paths to Bocchetta Roma (2,894m), where the first rocky paths began. Ahead lay 7 passes at an altitude above 2,500m equipped with ropes and chains, the skyrunning terrain that Jornet likes best.  “It’s a race I like for its length and its technicality”, he said. 

Several top runners accompanied Jornet on the starting line, among them Alexis Sévennec, with whom he battled all the way to kilometre 37 and the Passo Barbacane, where the Catalan managed to get ahead of the Frenchman to claim his fourth victory. "After running beside Sévennec for the whole race, I pushed a little on the long descent and continued to control the gap,” Jornet said.. 

"In late summer I’m trying to run different distances over different surfaces to make sure everything is OK after my injury”, he said. In less than a week, on Friday, he will be on the starting line for the 170km Mont Blanc Ultra Trail in Chamonix.  

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