Premana hosts successful World Championships
The streets of Premana, Italy were abuzz this past weekend for the 33rd World Mountain Running Championships. Know for its cutlery factories, it was ironic that the athletes representing nearly 40 countries were also sharpening their skills and techniques as they prepared for the rugged terrain they would experience in this championship event during the few days leading up to the competition.
More than 5,000 spectators, including most of the townâ€™s 2,200 inhabitants, were scattered throughout the course to witness the best of the worldâ€™s mountain runners racing for the 24 medals to be awarded on Sunday, July 30.
Uganda led the medal count with six, including a sweep in the senior menâ€™s competition with gold medalist Victor Kiplangat, leading the way. Additional gold medals for Ugandaâ€™s junior menâ€™s team led by a first-place finish from Oscar Chelimo. Risper Chebet earned the junior womenâ€™s title.
USA and Italy each netted five awards with a gold medal for Team USA in the senior womenâ€™s competition, a silver medal in the junior womenâ€™s competition, bronze for the senior menâ€™s team, and bronze for juniors Talon Hull and Lauren. Italyâ€™s Daniel Pattis won silver in the junior menâ€™s competition leading his team to bronze. Italyâ€™s junior women duplicated the bronze effort and the senior teams both won silver.
The final two gold medals were awarded to Romania in the junior womenâ€™s team competition and Kenyaâ€™s Lucy Wambui Murigi winner of the senior womenâ€™s event. Romaniaâ€™s second team medal was silver in the junior menâ€™s competition.
The Czech Republic was the final team medal winner with a bronze in the senior womenâ€™s competition. Turkeyâ€™s Bahar Atalay won silver in the junior womenâ€™s competition and multi-time world champion Andrea Mayr was the senior womenâ€™s silver medalist followed in bronze by Sarah Tunstall representing Great Britain.
WMRA was represented at the competition by outgoing council members president Bruno Gozzelino (ITA), secretary Pierre Weiss (FRA), and at-large council member Galia Puheleva (BUL). Additionally, technical delegate to the competition was Tomo Sarf (SLO), who was elected as the new secretary during the WMRA Congress meeting on Saturday, July 29, Nancy Hobbs (USA) who will continue as treasurer and at-large council members Wolfgang Munzel (GER), and Andrzej Puchacz (POL).
The new WMRA council will be led by president Jonathan Wyatt (NZL), and include at-large members Sarah Rowell (GBR), and Georgio Bianchi (ITA).
Full Results: www.corsainmontagna.it/2017/07/30/premana-lc-campionato-mondiale-corsa-montagna-full-results/