Beijing, China, 7 September 2014 – Piotr Lobodinski of Poland won the China World Summit Wing Hotel Vertical Run on Sunday, setting the overall fastest time up the China World Summit Wing - Beijing’s tallest building. Winning the event is Lobodinski’s second outright victory on this year’s Vertical World Circuit, earning him 100 points on the men’s ranking. The 29-year old Pole finished in a time of 10 minutes and 1 second to take home the winning prize purse of US$1,500.
“It was amazing to compete with so many athletes and crossing the finish line atop Beijing’s highest building is an incredible feeling. I feel on top of the world.” Lobodzinski said. Second place in the men's event went to Thomas Dold from Germany. He came in at 10 minutes and 10 seconds. Third place went to Omar Bekkali of Belgium in a time of 11 minutes and 11 seconds. Thomas Dold of Germany was placed second, 9 seconds behind, clocking 10 minutes and 10 seconds. Omar Bekkali of Belgium came third in 11 minutes and 11 seconds.
In the female division, reigning women’s Vertical World Champion Suzy Walsham of Australia climbed to victory, finishing in 11 minutes 50 seconds, beating China’s Xue Gan by 1 minute and 47 seconds.
“It was a tough race with so many elite athletes performing so well but I pushed myself towards the end and I wanted to win this race again that is one of the most talked about on the circuit,” she said. “It feels wonderful to share this accomplishment with so many runners from across the globe.”
Haymanot Seyd Ali of Ethiopia finished third in 14 minutes and 7 seconds.
The event is an Official Race for the 2014 Vertical World Circuit (VWC), the world’s premier skyscraper racing circuit, uniting some of the world’s most iconic skyscraper races. The elite runners participating at the China World Summit Wing Hotel Vertical Run will gain crucial points to determine who will be crowned world champion at the end of the year.
1st place: Piotr Lobodzinski, Poland, 10 minutes and 01 seconds
2nd place: Thomas Dold, Germany, 10 minutes and 10 seconds
3rd place: Omar Bekkali, Belgium, 11 minutes and 11 seconds
1st place: Suzy Walsham, Australia, 11 minutes and 50 seconds
2nd place: Xue Gan, China, 13 minutes and 37 seconds
3rd place: Haymanot Seyd Ali, Ethiopia, 14 minutes and 07 seconds
Official Event Website: www.chinaverticalrun.com
Vertical World Circuit: www.verticalrunning.org
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