Both the men’s and women’s world records in the Vertical Kilometer® tumbled yesterday in the fourth Vertical Series race in Fully, Switzerland.
It was a race among champions where boundaries were pushed to the limit. Italy’s Urban Zemmerrocketed up the 1,000m vertical course, only 1.9 km long, in just 30’26”, 20 seconds faster than the standing world record set here in 2011 by fellow countryman Manfred Reichegger who was second in 30’42”. Slovenian Nejc Kuhar was third in31’00” and Italian Marco De Gasperi, fourth in31’37”.
In the ladies’ field the top four all closed under record time. French runner Christel Dewalle was first in 36’48” followed by Axelle Mollaret in37’44” and third, Maude Mathys from Switzerland in 37’56, all beating the previous world record set two years ago by Italian Valentina Belotti in38’50”.
The new men’s record nears a speed of 2,000 vertical metres per hour(precisely 1,971m) an incredible ground-breaking performance that the ISF has been monitoring for many years in a scientific research project. (As a matter of interest, the maximum vertical gain in cycling, 1,850m, was established by Marco Pantani in 1998).
Depending on the course and type of start, poles are permitted and yesterday, most of the runners used them. However, to date, the advantages of using poles has not been scientifically demonstrated.
Leading the Vertical Series to date are:
1. Urban Zemmer (ITA) – 200 points
2. Nejc Kuhar (SLO) – 178 points
3. Marco De Gasperi (ITA) 168 points
1. Laura Orgué Vila (ESP) – 172 points
2. Silvia Leal Augé (ESP) – 150 points
3. Zhanna Vokueva (RUS) – 148 points