McLaughlin and Kipngeno win their first titles at the first mountain and trail running world championships | REPORT


Allie McLaughlin led the United States to a women’s tag team title, while Kenya’s Patrick Kipngeno followed their World Cup victory with a world gold medal on the first day of the first World Mountain and Trail Running Championships in Chiang Mai, Thailand on Friday (4).

The three days of competition began with the classic uphill mountain race, which saw the athletes battle it out over 8.5km from Chang Mai to Ban Khun Chang Khian village over a rugged course of 1344m of elevation gain.

McLaughlin, the 2014 long distance world champion, claimed victory again, taking the women’s uphill title in 55:15. Austrian great Andrea Mayr took her individual world medal tally to 10 with a silver to add to a run that has included six golds so far, finishing 26 seconds behind McLaughlin, while the five-time champion Swiss European Maude Mathys won bronze in 56:00.

They are all signed up for the two mountain races in Chiang Mai, so they will face off again in the classic up-and-down event on Sunday.

Romanian European silver medalist Monica Madalena Florea finished 18th in the world long distance race in 2019 and improved to fourth place this time around, clocking 57:44. Right behind her was the Spaniard Onditz Iturbe Arginzoniz in 57:56.

With Lauren Gregory, champion of the inaugural USATF Vertical Mountain Running Championships, finishing 12th and Rachel Tomajczyk placing 26th, the United States won the team title ahead of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, trailing by European bronze medalist Scout Adkin in 11th, and Switzerland, led by Mathys.

With six Gold Label wins at the Valsir World Cup circuit this year, Kipngeno was the favorite going into the championships and he lived up to that billing in the uphill race, clocking 46:51 to win. the men’s event by more than a minute and a half.

Kenya’s Patrick Kipngeno en route to uphill victory at the World Mountain and Trail Running Championships (© Organizers)

The success saw Kipngeno become the first Kenyan man to win a world mountain running title and he was one of the first two Kenyans as he was followed to the finish line by his compatriot Philemon Kiriago, the runner-up in the World Cup, who clocked 48:24.

Spaniard Alex Garcia Carrillo took the bronze in 49:03, holding off Switzerland’s Joey Hadorn by six seconds. Irishman Zak Hanna was 23 seconds clearer in fifth, one place ahead of defending champion Joseph Gray of the United States.

Cesare Maestri finished seventh to lead Italy to the men’s team title ahead of third-placed Switzerland, Spain.

The action in Chang Mai continues on Saturday, when the 80km trail and 40km short trail events take place.

Principle results

Classic uphill mountain race (8.5 km, 1344 m of elevation gain)

Women
1 Allie McLaughlin (USA) 55:15
2 Andrea Mayr (AUT) 55:41
3 Maude Mathys (SUI) 56:00
4 Monica Madalena Florea (ROU) 57:44
5 Onditz Iturbe Arginzoniz (ESP) 57:56
6 Susanna Saapunki (END) 58:12
7 Elisa Sortini (ITA) 58:42
8 Christel Dewalle (FRA) 58:49
9 Tereza Hrochova (CZE) 59:12
10 Hanna Groeber (GER) 59:27

Men
1 Patrick Kipngeno (KEN) 46:51
2 Philemon Kiriago (KEN) 48:24
3 Alejandro Garcia Carrillo (ESP) 49:03
4 Joey Hadorn (SUI) 49:09
5 Zak Hanna (IRL) 49:32
6 Joseph Gray (USA) 49:39
7 Cesare Maestri (ITA) 49:45
8 Xavier Chevrier (ITA) 50:03
9 Marek Chrascina (CZE) 50:03
10 Alexandre Ricard (CAN) 50:04

Full results

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