After setting a new speed record in the Bob Graham Round and winning the Mont Blanc Marathon, Kilian Jornet broke the course record to win the Skyrace Comapedrosa in Andorra in a time of 2h33’17’’. The podium was completed by the Swiss Pascal Egli (2h36’29’’) and the Swede Petter Engdahl (2h39’12’’). The race, over 21km and with 2,300m of overall ascent, is short but demanding, and allowed Jornet to confirm that his injured leg responded well to the challenge.
From the starting line in Arcalís, Jornet was in the leading group in a tough race with strong competition and which was hotly contested with Engdahl, Egli and Wild from the beginning as far as the Refugi del Pla de l’Estany (10,5 km). From that point on Jornet pushed harder on the second 2km, 1,000m high ascent to the summit of Comapedrosa (2,942m), the highest point on the course, saving his energy for the 8km descent and giving the Cerdanya athlete another chance to test his injured leg. “The injury is getting better by the day, I wasn’t in any pain during the long descent, which put the leg to the test,” Jornet confirmed.
Jornet has broken the course record in an event that forms part of the Skyrunner World Series and at which in 2007, at the tender age of 20, he won his first World Cup. “I feel really at home here and I was keen to come back, it’s a very competitive race, a great fiesta,” Jornet said after his victory.
There was also a top-class selection of runners in the women’s category, which was won by the Swede Lina El Kott (3h03’07’’), followed by the Catalan Laura Orgué (3h06’54’’) and the Swede Sanna El Kott (3h11’53’’).