This is official press release.
Just a week after the European Championship in Frankfurt the next World Cup Masters Race inTaiwanawaited the international stair climbers. At Taipei 101 Run Up more than 4,000 athletes from 19 countries climbed the world’s second tallest skyscraper. It could have been, however, even considerably more participants: An earthquake in the seismically active region few hours before the event had decimated the start field by deterring more than 1,000 registered runners from participation. Apparently, the imagination of a seismic event during climbing the stairwell of the highest tower in Far East, seemed to be very uncomfortable even for the earthquake-experienced people inTaiwan. Actually theTaipei101 tower is equipped with a special mechanical system to compensate seismic activities and belongs to the safest buildings in the world in this regard.
A “sporting earthquake” then was the result of the race: After a dramatic competition at the very steep and with 390 meters of altitude exceptionally long Taipei 101 Run Up the outstanding favourite, World Cup and World Circuit winner and newly crowned European Champion Thomas Dold (Germany) was narrowly beaten by Australian Mark Bourne, who climbed the “one-o-one” in 11 minutes and 26 seconds. Dold needed 4 seconds longer for the 2,046 stairs and was thus more than half a minute slower than his personal record from 2008, when he finished the race in under 11 minutes (10:53) for the only time. The third place went to French athlete Clement Dumont, followed by Taiwanese Chen Fucai. U.S. Tower Runner Jesse Berg finished on rank 5. Austrian Norbert Lechner was well pleased with the 11th Rank at hisTaipei101 premiere.
The women’s race was dominated by the European Championships bronze medallist Valentina Belotti (Italy, 13:21), who already triumphed in the previous year as a newcomer inTaipei101. She won the race with a crystal clear advance of more than a minute, followed by Melissa Moon (New Zealand, 14:24) and Kristin Frey (USA, 14:32), who thus regained their meanwhile lost World Cup lead.
Thomas Dold, who now wants to „take a break and have some regenerative weeks” after strenuous competitions in the past few weeks again expressed his special respect for the race inTaipei: „The track is unusually long and provides no moment to breathe. While inNew York,Berlinand at other tracks the stairs are often interrupted by short flat parts, here it goes upwards permanently.” Thomas Dold won only three of his eight races inTaiwan. Only at two other towers worldwide (BaselandBogota) his victory percentage is lower.
It was Dold’s second defeat within one week after finishing second behind Christian Riedl at SkyRun MesseTurm Frankfurt, which was part of the European Championships tournament. Nevertheless by gaining another 170 points for rank 2 and the absence of his persecutors Christian Riedl and Fabio Ruga Dold was able to considerably expand his World Cup lead.
Award CeremonyTaipei101 Run Up (Top 5):