Spain’s Kilian Jornet won the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) for the fourth time on Saturday, finishing the ultra-endurance race in a record 19 hours and 49.30 minutes. The 170-kilometre mountain ultramarathon, which was first held in 2003, passes through France, Italy and Switzerland and draws competitors from all over the world.
Jornet eclipsed compatriot Pau Capell’s mark of 20:19.07 set in 2019. The 34-year-old, who had also won the single-stage mountain event in 2008, 2009 and 2011, staved off a strong challenge from Frenchman Mathieu Blanchard, who also went under 20 hours with an effort of 19:54.50.
Jim Walmsley started strongly after the race began on Friday in Chamonix, but despite dominating to Champex-Lac, the American was caught by Jornet and Blanchard on the climb to La Giete. Jornet then attacked at Vallorcine while approaching the final climb to Tete aux Vents and was well ahead of Blanchard by La Flegere as he held on to secure victory.
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