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Dec 02 / 2016

Yoshizumi smashes women’s record by more than two minutes

 Miyahara and Yoshizumi Crowned Champions of 

Asian Skyrunning Championships VK race - MSIG Lantau Vertical Kilometre 

 Yoshizumi smashes women’s record by more than two minutes

LANTAU ISLAND, HONG KONG, Friday, December 2, 2016 – Japanese runners dominated the Asian Skyrunning Championships Vertical Kilometre – MSIG Lantau VK race this afternoon, romping to victories in both the men’s and women’s events. Toru Miyahara clocked 38 minutes 17 seconds to be the fastest person overall on the 5-kilometre course that started on Tong Fuk Beach at 3pm and finished on the summit of the 934-metre Lantau Peak, Hong Kong’s second highest mountain.

Miyahara, who beat a world-class field en route to the title, said: “It’s a special race for me. I haven’t been Hong Kong before, and the same kind of course in Japan comprises of continuous up and down, which differs from the straight elevation in MSIG Lantau VK. It’s really an unforgettable experience for me and I will definitely join the race again next time.”

Fellow Japanese Yuri Yoshizumi sailed to a comfortable victory in the women’s event in 45 minutes 59 seconds, smashing the previous course record of 48:32 set by Nepal’s Mira Rai in 2014. Yoshizumi, who was women’s champion in the 2016 Skyrunning Japan Championships, said: “I am so excited to be the first Asian winning the race. With the great number of steps, this course is challenging and demands extreme physical fitness. It’s my first time in Hong Kong and I enjoyed the race a lot.”

Rounding off the podium in the men’s event was second-placed Frenchman Nicolas Martin (Sigvaris Sports Team Trail – Hoka) in 38:51 and Italy’s Emanuele Manzi (La Sportiva – corsainmontagna.it) in third in 39:56.

Martin, second at the recent 2016 IAU Trail Running World Champships and second in the 2016 World Series Skyrunning Ultra, said: “I’m very pleased to run in Hong Kong for the first time. It’s a beautiful city and it’s very difference from my hometown, which consists of only about 500 people. This race was in preparation for Sunday’s 50km, so I am satisfied with the second place.”

Manzi, a seasoned skyscraper runner who was second in the 2016 Swisssotel Vertical Marathon and third at the 2016 SHKP Vertical Run for Charity – Race to Shanghai, said: “I felt quite hot during the race because it’s winter at home for me, where the temperature should be below zero and the ground full of snow. It’s a great pleasure for me to be here since it’s almost like summer here. I really enjoyed the race and am satisfied with third place. You have to keep on pushing your limits along the course, and I’m so glad I finished it.”

Sunmaya Budha (Trail Running Nepal) was second in the women’s race in 48:05. She said: “I love everything about this race.”

French trail running world champion Caroline Chaverot was third in 50:23. “I’m feeling quite happy and I enjoyed the race very much. I tried my best even though VK is not my specialty,” said Chaverot, women’s champion of the 2016 Ultra Trail Mont Blanch and the 2016 Skyrunning World Championships. “I think I started too fast, then I tried to slow down a little bit and it felt better. It’s a really beautiful course and I love the little uphill trail. It’s my first time in Hong Kong and the welcome has been very warm. I have met a lot of people and they have all been so friendly. The food is great and the hotel is nice, so I’m very happy to be here.”

The top three Asia-born runners were awarded championship medals: Miyahara the gold, Hayato Yanagisawa of Japan the silver, and South Korean Byeong Gwon Park the bronze.

The MSIG Lantau VK kicked off the Asian Skyrunning Championships weekend in Hong Kong, which also includes the MSIG Lantau 50 on Sunday, December 4, which consists of a 27km Skyrace (over 2,000m elevation gain) and 50km Ultra SkyMarathon (over 3,400m elevation gain), both starting and finishing in Tung Chung. 

Together, the MSIG Lantau races are part of the MSIG HK50 Series, which includes a leg on Hong Kong Island (October 23, 2016) and will end with a third and final leg in Sai Kung on February 18, 2017.

The event is possible due to the generous support of presenting sponsor MSIG Insurance (Hong Kong) Limited and supporting partners ActionX Store, Hoka One One, Herbalgy, OtterBox, C3fit, Oregon Scientific, Bonaqua, Key Sun Zinke, Salonsip, Del Monte, AroundDB, Skyrunner National Series China, China Skyrunning Association, OL&N, Oldham Li & Nie Lawyers, International Trail Running Association Member and Action Asia Foundation.

Race Results

The MSIG Lantau VK

Overall Top 5 Men


   1. Toru Miyahara-Japan-N/A-00:38:17

    2. Nicolas Martin-France-Sigvaris Sports Team Trail / Hoka-00:38:51

    3. Emanuele Manzi-Italy-La Sportiva - corsainmontagna.it-00:39:56

    4. Eirik Haugsnes-Norway-inov8-00:40:49

    5. Ludovic Pommeret-France-Hoka France-00:42:17

Overall Top 5 Women


    1. Yuri Yoshizumi -Japan- 00:45:59

    2. Sunmaya Budha-Nepal- Trail Running Nepal- 00:48:05

    3. Caroline Chaverot-Switzerland-Hoka France-00:50:23

    4. Zein Willliams-United Kingdom- Raidlight-00:52:07

    5. Maud Gobert-France- Adidas- 00:53:47

Asian Top 3 Men (Gold - Silver - Bronze)


      GOLD - Toru Miyahara - Japan -00:38:17

      SILVER - Hayato Yanagisawa - Japan -00: 43:59

      BRONZE - Byeong Gwon Park-South Korea-Adidas-44:46


Asian Top 3 Women Gold - Silver - Bronze


    GOLD -  Yuri Yoshizumi -Japan- 00:45:59

    SILVER - Sunmaya Budha-Nepal- Trail Running Nepal- 00:48:05

    BRONZE - Myungyeo Park - Korea - 0:54:27


Overall Top 5 Countries


   1. Japan-306

   2. France-271

   3. South Korea-185

   4. Nepal-136

   5. Italy-118



 Race Info


Event Name

HK50 Series - MSIG Lantau VK - Asian Skyrunning Championships


Friday Dec 2, 2016

Start Time


Start Location

Tong Fuk Beach, Lantau, Hong Kong

Finish Location

Lantau Peak

- then Awards at Pak Kung Au BBQ Area


5 km 

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