Kilian Jornet has just broken the Ultra-trail du Mont-Blanc record

Kilian Jornet has just broken the Ultra-trail du Mont-Blanc record

DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS This Saturday, August 27, the Spanish Kilian Jornet completed the Mont Blanc ultra-trail in less than 20 hours, a performance never achieved before (archive photo taken during the UTMB 2018).

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This Saturday, August 27, the Spanish Kilian Jornet completed the Mont Blanc ultra-trail in less than 20 hours, a performance never achieved before (archive photo taken during the UTMB 2018).

EXTREME SPORTS – A legendary performance for a legendary athlete. This Saturday, August 27, it was shortly before 2:00 p.m. when the 34-year-old Spaniard Kilian Jornet completed the Mont Blanc ultra-trail (UTMB) in 19 hours, 49 minutes and 30 seconds, a mythical race of 171 kilometers around the highest peak in Eastern Europe.

With this canonical time, the head of the discipline broke the previous record, set in 2019 in 20 hours and 19 minutes by another Spaniard, Pau Capell. This is his fourth victory in the world benchmark race.

Historical media coverage

After Jornet’s performance, another competitor in this edition also deserved the standing ovation that accompanied his arrival: Mathieu Blanchard. For a long time in the company of his Spanish rival during the race, the Frenchman finished in a sprint, managing to cross the finish line in 19 hours, 54 minutes and 50 seconds. Simply superhuman.

A historic double that deserved unparalleled media coverage, since beyond the Internet broadcast, “La Chaîne l’Équipe” had also decided to clear its antenna for the event of the year in the world of trail running.

Thus, Internet users and viewers were able to see live some especially striking sequences of this crazy day.

Starting with the friendly American Jim Walmsley, who had been leading the race for a long time and who, suffering from gastric problems, finally saw how Kilian Jornet and Mathieu Blanchard took him back and let him go at full speed.

And yet, once the race was over, Kilian Jornet said that at that moment he had just experienced an extremely difficult moment, arriving at Champex-Lac. To the point of having announced to his team that he was very close to giving up. But it was then that Mathieu Blanchard, discreet from the start, gave it a second wind: ” He removed me when it happened to me. »

cooperation to the top

The person says: “Kilian was going very, very slow. I told myself that he was dead, in the wrong. So I apologized for passing him and told him good luck.. This is where another part of the race began: I started to speed up and he followed me. And the (after a few miles, editor’s note) found out that we had regained a three-minute lead, and started chasing! »

With the consequence of finding the two strong men of this edition of the UTMB side by side, and even in cooperation towards what would finally turn out to be an exceptional climate. ” He pushed us uphill, I rather downhill. And that’s how we made those amazing times “Mathieu Blanchard said again on arrival.

A hand in hand that increased in intensity until an impressive refueling in Vallorcine, about fifteen kilometers from the finish line, during which the Frenchman was strongly encouraged by his teammate while the two competitors multiplied sideways glances and that the race continued between two snacks and a sip of soda. But a few hectometers later, it was finally the Spaniard who flew to victory.

Perhaps the last highlight of a legendary career, at least until the next edition, when the two men meet again. Because after starting the ultra-trail in 2017 and already with a third and therefore second place in the UTMB, Mathieu Blanchard made it clear that he was aiming higher. A challenge that his opponent and matchday partner believes him capable of: “ It started in 2017, it’s the day before yesterday, it’s a kid. »

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