PizTriVertikal: Andrea Mayr Is Back!
Today saw a hugely exciting competition in Malonno with "PizTriVertikal", the very tough vertical race, which finally opened a difficult and complicated season for mountain running.
Andrea Mayr (Aut) confirmed once more her legendary supremacy in mountain running with an impressive solo performance, winning the women's race (for the third time) in 38.35. Andrea was really happy after the race to have competed in Italy:" It was a very difficult period for me due to covid-19 and an injury but finally I am back. When I heard Malonno would be held anyway, I was so happy to come again to this unbelievable place. It is always exciting to compete here with all local supporters cheeering you along all course".
Malonno reacted in an exemplary way way to the pandemic with appropriate social distancing and masks, demostrating once again why it's the home of mountain running.
A long distance behind Mayr, Erica Ghelfi (Ita) closed second position in 41.22 and Mojica Koligar (Slo) completed the podium in 42.54. Ilaria Veronese (Ita) was fourth and Maria Dimitra Theocharis (Ita) fifth.
There was a massive duel in the men's race between defending champion Henry Aymonod (Ita) and rising off-road star Davide Magnini (Ita) with Aymonod emerging the winner in a stellar 34.10, the second fastest ever on the course and only one second off the course record. Magnini got second place in 35.01 despite a not having a perfect day.
Real fighters in the men's race included Zak Hanna (Irl) , who was third in 35.14, and Sylvain Chachard (Fra ) who ran 35.23, ahead of M.DeMatteis (Ita) in 35.27 to complete a fantastic top 5.
Very happy with his victory Aymonod said: "Yesterday my coach told me to play my cards well and so I did it. Started a little bit slow and, after halfway, gave a kick and start pushing. Really satisfied. With some more contenders, I am sure today we could have broken the current record. Next time".