Spaniard Runner Amazes at the UTMB 2008

September 2, 2008 · Written by · Filed Under News, Races & Events 
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UTMB 2008

Only 20 years old, my compatriot Kilian Jornet won the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc in 20:56:50, breaking Marco Olmo’s record in more than an hour. The second place was for Dawa Sherpa in 21:56:52 while in the women’s division the British Elizabeth Hawker took the victory in 25:19:41 (finishing over two hours ahead of her rivals despite suffering a stress fracture earlier this year).

Jornet’s victory and breaking record was surprising as this year’s race was 7Km longer and had a new final slope only 10Km from the finish line at Chamonix. Jornet had also to overcome a 15 minutes penalty due to a fan running next to him for 100 meters, in what was considered unlawful help by the organization. Also, in what was an unusual situation in the typical ultra running spirit and camaraderie, his victory was put on hold until several claims on his race were rejected. The final organization announcement was:

Following various protests made yesterday, race control announced this morning that they had no particular reproach to make on the level of obligatory equipment carried by Kilian. The Catalan did not have a back-pack, but only a waist bag, which enabled him to optimize all his material within the limits of the regulations. At a press conference, the young Spaniard explained that this obsession with minimalism was simply an approach from the world of alpine-skiing. However, the organizers would not like to see this practice catch on for their race, because it does not correspond to the spirit of the event. The only infringement of regulations made by Kilian was to be helped by his supporter outside the zone, penalized yesterday on the course at la Tête aux Vents by an obligatory halt of 15 minutes. This did not slow down the forward pace of the winner. He crossed the Finish Line as winner.

This year saw an unprecedented number of retirees as the heat took its toll on half the competitors. Amongst them, last 2 editions winner Italian Marco Olmo was forced to abandon 20 kms from the finish. Scott Jurek also had to drop out in Champex, after running 123K in 15:48 and Nikki Kimball as well at 77K.
Check out the complete results: UTMB and CCC

UTMB – Male
1. Kilian Jornet (ESP, Salomon Santiveri) 20h.56:59
2. Dawa Sherpa (NEP) 21h.56:52
3. Julien Chorier (FRA) 22h.31:35

UTMB – Female
1. Elisabeth Hawker (GBR) 25h.19:41
2. Karine Herry (FRA) 27h.38:35
3. Catherine Dubois (FRA) 28h.30:59

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