25th Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon 2011

>> October 24, 2011

The 2011 edition of Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon was held over the weekend (22-23 October, 2011) in Ranau, Sabah - 2011 also marks the 25th anniversary of an outstanding race in the most beautiful and wonderful location of mountains in Southeast Asia or if not in the World!! and as usual, World's top runners from Europe (most from World Syrunner Series) were taking part in this course which regarded the toughest in the World. There're three categories - men open (23rd/10), men veteran & women open (22nd/10).

The champions L-R: Hernando, Killian Jornet, De Gasperi
Kilian Jornet of Spain has becomes the fastest to finish the 21km course in 2:37:04 and bagged home USD 4,500. Defending champion and the course's record holder Marco De Gesperi of Italy who trailed in less than a minute came second in 2:37:48 and won USD 4,000. In addition, De Gesperi was awarded the "Loket Emas" (Gold Pendant) as he was the first one to reach the summit (4,095m), timed 1:37:47. The USD 3,500 offered for third placing grabbed by Jornet's countryman Luis Alberto Hernando in 2:42:36. Local runner Safrey Sumping went to win the Malaysian men category after crossed the line at 2:55:12, 6th overall.

In women category, 44-year-old Danny Gongot of Ranau clinched the first place in 3:41:29, surprisingly it was her 4th title after 1997, 1998 and 2003 editions. With the victory she received USD 4,500. She was reported to wear only a pair of "cheap" and less suitable footwear namely "adidas kampong" (rubber tapper's shoe) which costs less than USD 3.00 (RM 9.00). In spite of that, she shocked two experienced foreign runners, Anna Frost (3:43:41) of New Zealand and American Brandy Erholtz (3:50:35) who in second and third positions respectively. Danny Gongot's cousin Yusuf Sumbad won the men's veteran category, dethroned local favorite and defending champion Guanus Salagan in the second place.

The race first held in 1987 with a goal of "train people to fast rescue" as helicopter could not operate during bad weather, and now for the 9th consecutive year the Kinabalu Climbathon has been a part of the only 16 races of Sky Runners World Series (including 9 world series trials) held in 12 countries across 4 continent each year.

Video promotion for 2011 edition



Photos of the Kinabalu


















Photos courtesy of:
Sabah Tourism
TheStar Malaysia
The Sabah Times
Mt. Kinabalu Tvavelogue
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ASIAN LEADERS (Men)

100m 9.91 Su Bingtian CHN, Madrid
200m 20.16 Xie Zhenye CHN, Osaka
400m 44.07 Abdalelah Haroun QAT, London
800m 1:45.65 Jinson Johnson IND, Guwahati
1500m 3:34.55 Sadik Mikhou BRN, Paris
5000m 13:01.09 Birhanu Yemataw BRN, Lausanne
10000m 27:38.16 Hassan Chani BRN, Maia
Mar 2:06.11 Yuta Shitara JPN, Tokyo
3000 Sc 8:22.00 Kosei Yamaguchi JPN, Abashiri
110mh 13.36 Ahmad Al-Mouaed KSA, Praha
400mh 46.98 Abderrahman Samba QAT, Paris
HJ 2.40 Mutaz Barshim QAT, Doha
PV 5.71 Xue Changrui CHN, Shanghai
LJ 8.47A Wang Jianan CHN, Guiyang
TJ 17.22 Dong Bin CHN, Eugene OR
SP 20.24 Tejinder Singh IND, Patiala
DT 68.85 Ehsan Hadidi IRI, Chula Vista CA
HT 78.18 Dilshod Nazarov TJK, Chorzow
JT 87.43 Neeraj Chopra IND, Doha
Dec 7948 Keisuke Ushiro JPN, Gotzis
20kmW 1:17:26 Eiki Takahashi JPN, Kobe
50kmW 3:44:25 Hiroki Arai JPN, Taichang
4x100m 37.85 Japan Team JPN, Osaka
4x400m 3:04.05 India Team IND, Gold Coast
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ASIAN LEADERS (Women)

100m 10.99 Wei Yongli CHN, Resisprint
200m 22.73 Viktoriya Zyabkina KAZ, Almaty
400m 49.08 Salwa Eid Naser BRN, Monaco
800m 2:02.23 Manal Bahraoui BRN, Duffel
1500m 4:11.55 P.U Chitra IND, Guwahati
5000m 15:10.91 Rina Nabeshima JPN, Eugene OR
10000m 31:52.42 Mizuki Matsuda JPN, Yamaguchi
Mar 2:22.44 Mizuki Matsuda JPN, Osaka
3000 Sc 9:10.74 Winfred Yavi BRN, Monaco
100mh 13.08 Wu Shuijiao CHN, Shanghai
400mh 55.54 Aminat Odeyemi BRN, Goleniow
HJ 1.91 Nadzehda Dusanova UZB, Tashkent
PV 4.60 Li Ling CHN, London
LJ 6.64A Xu Xiaoling CHN, Guiyang
TJ 14.25 Olga Rypakova KAZ, Paris
SP 20.38A Gong Lijiao CHN, Guiyang
DT 67.03 Chen Yang CHN, Osterode
HT 75.02 Luo Na CHN, Halle
JT 67.69 Lu Huihui CHN, Halle
Hep 5898 Purnima Hembram IND, Guwahati
20kmW 1:26:28 Qieyang Shenjie CHN, La Coruna

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