Australians Walsham and Bourne are VWC World Champions 澳大利亚选手Walsham和Bourne包揽世界冠军

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 Suzy Walsham, race winner and 2013 Vertical World Champion receives her prize and trophy from Raymond Kwok, Event Chairman and Michel Holdara (ISF). ©Sporting Republic

  Australians Walsham and Bourne are VWC World Champions

 Australians Suzy Walsham and Mark Bourne are crowned 2013 Vertical World Champions in the final of the seven-race circuit spanning three continents. “The Race to ICC – 100 – SHKP Vertical Run for the Chest” hosted the final on Hong Kong’s tallest tower, where the world’s top athletes competed, Sunday, December 1st, 2013.

Mark Bourne toppled vertical super-star Thomas Dold from his four-year stint as VWC World Champion after winning Sunday’s race, counting four straight wins in New York, Tapei and Singapore, plus today’s Hong Kong final.  The Australian also set a new course record up the 2,120 steps in 12’04”.  “To be crowned world champion is an honour. I felt comfortable from the start and I’m really glad to have come out on top today,” he commented. “I raced in Melbourne last month and Singapore last week, so I’ve had a lot of race practice in the lead up to the main event which really helped.”

Second on the podium, another Australian, was Darren Wilson, who closed in 12’11.  Poland’s Piotr Lobodzinki, third in 12,’24”, now places second in the final VWC ranking after Bourne and Dold takes third position.

Suzy Walsham was crowned VWC World Champion for the third time after winning an incredible six races in the seven-race 2013 circuit.  Her new course record of 14’32 beats last year’s record  – nearly thirty per cent faster!

New talent in this discipline is emerging from China with Xue Gan, second in 15’27”. After her debut in Beijing, she looks set to continue her ascent among the world’s élite runners and now ranks third on the Vertical World Circuit podium.  Yiu Kit Ching, also from China, was third in 15’51”.
New Zealander Melissa Moon, fourth in the race, now stands second on the VWC ranking.

The cheering competitors of The Race to ICC – 100 – SHKP Vertical Run for the Chest. Photo (©Sporting Republic

1,019 runners from 30 countries participated in the race, which has been responsible for launching a stair running craze in the city.  Twenty-three world- class athletes took part - probably the biggest concentration of elite runners in any tower running race to date.

At the event opening, Event Organizing Committee Chairman Raymond Kwok said: “We are honoured that Race to ICC-100 has become an international sporting event as the grand final of 2013 Vertical World Circuit. The number of contestants has increased more than three fold from last year, to over 1,000 runners, proving the increasing popularity of stair-climbing among the people of Hong Kong. Apart from local runners, it has attracted 23 world-class elite athletes to race for the championship of the Vertical World Circuit.” Mr Kwok is an advocate of a healthy lifestyle – just what VWC and the élite athletes are showcasing.

Director Thomas Kwok, SHKP Chairman and Managing Director together with Raymond Kwok and representatives from the management team, including SHKP Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer Patrick Chan, SHKP Deputy Managing Director Victor Lui, were among the runners in support of this charity sporting event.  They were joined in the run up 2,120 steps by ISF representative, VWC Secretary General, Michel Hodara from Switzerland, who underlined, “A magnificent final, the event has helped create awareness of the benefits of stair climbing . A sport for everyone, vertical running also represents a potential Olympic discipline which the ISF is actively developing.

2013 VWC Ranking (updating)

2013 Vertical World Ranking extract

Men
1. Mark Bourne (AUS) – 420 points
2. Piotr Lobodzinksi (POL) – 369,6 points
3. Thomas Dold (GER) – 358,4 points

Women
1. Suzanne Walsham (AUS) – 420 points
2. Melissa Moon (NZL) – 324,4 points
3. Xue Gan (CHN) – 194,4 points
 
*VWC ranking counts the best results in the seven-race circuit and awards an extra 20 % points at the final.

Race results (extract)

Men
1. Mark Bourne – 12’04”
2. Darren Wilson – 12,’11”
3. Piotr Lobodzinki – 12’24”
4. Thomas Dold – 12’41”
5. Omar Bekkali – 13’32”

Women
1. Suzanne Walsham – 14’32”
2.  Xue Gan – 15’27”
3. Yiu Kit Ching – 15’51”
4. Melissa Moon – 15’59”
5. Vanja Cnops – 16’14”

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澳大利亚选手Walsham和Bourne包揽世界冠军


来自澳大利亚的Suzy Walsham 和Mark Bourne最终在这场横跨三大洲的世界垂直跑比赛中夺冠。 这场名为“勇闯ICC - 100 – 新地公益金慈善跑”的决赛在2013年12月1日于香港第一高楼举办,吸引了世界最顶级的运动员争相竞技。

Mark Bourne打败了明星选手Thomas Dold,在VWC冠军系列赛中连赢纽约、台北、新加坡和今天的香港比赛。 他同时用12分04秒的成绩创造了登上这2120级台阶的新纪录。“非常荣幸能加冕世界冠军,”Mark表示,“我上个月在墨尔本及上周在新加坡都参加了比赛,所以获得了很多帮助今天致胜的经验。”

获得男子组亚军是另一位澳大利亚选手Darren Wilson,他以12分11秒完成了比赛。波澜跑手Piotr Lobodzinki随后以12分24秒冲线,使自己的总积分达到第二名。

Suzy Walsham是第三次被加冕VWC女子组世界冠军。她在2013年的七场系列赛中不可思议地赢得六场,同时创造的14分32秒的新纪录比去年进步了近30%!

女子组的亚军由中国跑手新秀薛甘以15分27秒夺得。 自从在北京首次亮相,她持续努力跻身于世界精英选手的行列,现在走到了总积分第三名的世界冠军领奖台。在她之后的姚洁贞也是来自中国,时间为15分51秒。

新西兰跑手Melissa Moon以第四名完成今天的比赛,但是她的总积分名列第二。

来自30个国家1019选手参加了今天的角逐,推动了这个城市的楼梯跑热潮。其中二十三名世界级运动员的加入,也让这场赛事成为塔跑类比赛中精英选手最密集的一场。

在活动开幕前,赛事组委会主席郭炳联表示:“我们很荣幸这场‘勇闯ICC - 100’被选为2013VWC这一国际赛事的决赛。参赛者的数量已经比去年同期增加逾三倍达到一千余名,表明了楼梯跑运动在香港市民间的兴起。除本港的跑手外,它还吸引了23名世界级的优秀运动员出赛。” 郭先生一向是健康生活方式的倡导者, 也正是VWC比赛和精英运动员所希望传达的。

新鸿基地产董事郭炳江和部分公司高层管理代表如董事兼首席财务总监陈国威、副董事总经理雷霆亲身参与了这项登上2120台阶的竞跑。VWC秘书长Michel Hodara表示,“这场活动帮助人们认识爬楼梯的好处。这种垂直跑人人可以参与,ISF组委会也正在努力将其发展为一个潜在的奥林匹克运动项目。”

2013 VWC排名(最新版)

2013垂直跑世界排名

男子组
1. Mark Bourne (澳大利亚) – 420 分
2. Piotr Lobodzinksi (波兰) – 369.6分
3. Thomas Dold (德国) – 358.4 分

女子组
1. Suzanne Walsham (澳大利亚) – 420 分
2. Melissa Moon (新西兰) – 324.4 分
3. 薛甘(中国) – 194.4 分

*VWC排名只计算选手在七场比赛的最好成绩,决赛成绩获得额外20%分

本场比赛结果

男子组
1. Mark Bourne – 12分4秒
2. Darren Wilson – 12分11秒
3. Piotr Lobodzinki – 12分24秒
4. Thomas Dold – 12分41秒
5. Omar Bekkali – 13分32秒

女子组
1. Suzanne Walsham – 14分32秒
2. 薛甘– 15分27秒
3. 姚洁贞– 15分51秒
4. Melissa Moon – 15分59秒
5. Vanja Cnops – 16分14秒

2013 Vertical World Champions and race winners Suzy Walsham and Mark Bourne. Photo (©Sporting Republic