Edizione 2015
Philip Götsch sets the record in the Vertical Kilometer
venerdì 17 luglio 2015

The 2013 victory of the Spanish Kilian Jornet on the finish of “Spiz Crepa Neigra” seemed an unbreakable record, but Philip Götsch, the “meranese” of Tirol, won the eighth edition of the Dolomites Vertical Kilometer®, valid also as second stage of the Skyrunner® World Series. Götsch continued the extraordinary run of this year setting a new record in the competition closing in 32'38", 5 seconds below. Götsch brought a pleasant surprise during the first Vertical World Circuit weekend, but he was not the only one, France’s Christel Dewalle took the day in the women’s field, closing in 38’21”, 1’37” ahead of Norway’s Eli Anne Dvergsdal and, race favorite and Vertical World Champion, Laura Orguè. Despite the hot weather, the leader of the team “Bogn da Nia” has left everyone stunned, providing a strong performance along the 2,400 meters of the track, with its 1,015 meters of vertical drop, enrolling for the first time its name in the roll of honor of the Fassa competition. A short race that after the first 500 meters has defined the winners. The South Tyrolean of Castelrotto Urban Zemmer, winner of four editions, imposed immediately his own pace, creating a gap behind him already at “Pian de la Mandries”. The only one that resisted him was Philip Götsch, who stayed with him also in the second part of the track. About fifty meters behind the Slovenian Nejc Kuhar in third position, followed by the Colombian Saul Padua Rodriguez of the Crazy Team and by the other four leaders of La Sportiva Team: Marco Moletto, Nadir Maguet, William Bon Mardion and Nicola Pedergnana. The female challenge has therefore offered another pleasant surprise, given that the French Christel Dewalle has taken personal revenge on the record holder Laura Orgue Vila, who had beaten her twelve months ago in Val di Fassa. The determined skyrunner of Adidas Team has attacked start to finish, imposing an unsustainable pace for the opponents and closing at “Crepa Neigra” in 38'21 ". Unexpected also the second place, centered by the emerging Norwegian Eli Anne Dvergsdal, able to prevail for 28 seconds on Orgué, who finished at 1'41" from the winner. The first Italian was the “bellunese” of La Sportiva Team Francesca Rossi, fourth at 1'48" from the winner and only 7 seconds from Orgué, while the Swiss Seraina Boner finished fifth, she won more than once the winter Marcialonga as cross-country skier. The Dolomites Vertical Kilometer saw the junior category debut, won by the Swiss Ançay Julien with an outstanding performance, the eighteenth overall. Julien stood out with 5'28" Mirko Cocco from Vicenza and Daniele Carobbio with 9 minutes, followed by the home athlete Luca Ploner. Great performance in the women field for Giorgia Felicetti of Val di Fassa “Bogn da Nia” Team.

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