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Tuesday, 3 October 2006

20th Mt Kinabalu Int. Climbathon

Ricardo Saved From Blushes To Retain King Of Mountain Title

KUNDASANG, Oct 1 (Bernama) -- Defending champion Ricardo Mejia of Mexico, who was on the verge of being dislodged by Malaysia's Mius Balinting, made a strong comeback 500m from the finishing line to retain the men's open title at the 20th edition of the TM Mt Kinabalu International Climbathon at Kinabalu Park, here Sunday.

With a partisan local crowd of more than 200 people cheering for Mius, the 43-year-old Mexican produced a decisive dash to frustrate the awaited victory party for the Malaysian.

Mejia completed the neck-and-neck race in 2 hours 50 minutes and 52 seconds, a far cry from his last year's record of 2:41.05s.

The spirited Mius recorded 2: 51.44s while his teammate, Safrey Sumping, a guide with Kinabalu Park, came in third with 2:53.22s.

"I'm too's a hard victory for me. Running towards the summit was not a problem but running downhill was challenging because of the rain...the track was wet and slippery too.

"I thought I was going to lose when Mius overtook me about two kilometres from the finishing line but I told myself to push and I was lucky to win at last," Mejia said after the race.

The 37-year old Mius, who hails from Kampung Waang, Ranau, said he tried with all his might and energy to secure victory for Malaysia but "Ricardo is simply too good for me".

"That's the best I could do for the country...I tried to push but my legs were tired and heavy. I just could not produce the necessary speed I wanted and I was sad seeing Ricardo slip away but there was nothing much I could do," said the farmer, who trained hard for a month before the gruelling race.

The 23-year-old Safrey said he was more than happy to finish third, and the Kundasang lad hoped to do better next year.

For His efforts, Mejia pocketed US$4,500 while Mius and Safrey collected US$4,000 and US$3,500 respectively.

With the victory, Mejia also won this year's Buff-Skyrunner World Series FSA 2006 with the final series being the Mt Kinabalu Climbathon with accumulated points of 400.

There are eight races in the 2006 Buff-Skyrunner World Series -- Hidalgo, Mexico, Zegama-Aizkorri, Spain, Valmalenco-Valposchiavo, Switzerland, OSJ Ontake SkyRace, Japan, Dolomites SkyRace, Italy, SkyRace Andorra, Andorra, Sentiero delle Grigne, Italy and Mt. Kinabalu Climbathon, Malaysia.

Taking place in Malaysia's first World Heritage Site, the Mount Kinabalu (4095.2m) International Climbathon is rated the world's toughest mountain race involving a distance of 21km.


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  • wei.. kalo nak masuk tawon depan, make sure muscle betis kasik kental dulu.. baru ada power lari laju kerabat gunung.. kayuh gerek byk2.. elemen training penting tuh!!

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    By Blogger 4ll79ge, at 9:57 pm  

  • Baik coach! Ini betis bunting padi punya. Kalau kayuh gerek.. tarak bukit kaloo.. then taruh gear tinggi - Kasi pecah minyak.

    By Blogger aharis, at 7:51 am  

  • yes, mt kinabalu mmg tough. berjalan naik saja pun dah putih mata k

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:25 am  

  • Hi jaja..
    Tapi kalau ikut Mesilau okay.. tak too steep compare to Timpohon.

    nice knowing u.

    By Blogger aharis, at 8:31 am  

  • haris & jaja: nxt yr punya calendar of event, dah fixed climbathon date, 6 & 7 october, same route, so u've got one year to train for climbathon.. ada brani? jom..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:21 pm  

  • haris: yup, hari tu i naik melalui mesilau. kalau ada rezeki, nak naik lagi, tapi nak amik jalan timpohon, mmg challenging!

    nice knowing u too ;-)

    n: hari masa i naik kinabalu, ada few ppl tengah training, u tau tak, they all lari naik turun gunung tau, teruja tengok ok

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:42 pm  

  • haris/jaja, my geng yg masuk climbathon aritu citer, local ppl yg masuk tu sumer pakai kasut plastik je, takde nak pakai kasut branded pon, tapi lari naik & turun gunung berdesup laju.. perghhh.. power root btol derang tu..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:33 am  

  • gavin bong (sub-3:30 marathoner) did kinabalu climbathon twice N still tak lepas qualifying time

    N yes its true the local climbers use cheap rubber shoes ... kononnyer cumer rm2 a pair

    good luck

    By Blogger zebrallini, at 4:51 pm  

  • aban haris:

    u see Tan Song Hua timing..lagi keat sim...kesian...over 2 minutes plus....4:32

    TSH full marathon is 3:01

    See u next yr ya..haha !!

    By Blogger Keipo, at 6:40 pm  

  • zebralini: there u see, it shows that good shoe is secondary, good strong leg is primary.. :) gavin bong pon tak lepas?? wowww... really tough huh..

    tey: know wat? ekceli, did u see my name in the results list? I was reg by my co., but i didn't manage to go KK due to some reasons.. so it's stated DNS... frust.. :(

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:50 pm  

  • hahaha....pm3...itu ah...rubber shoe ah..we call kampung adidas...atleast nowday RM5 liao..normally is RM 10 lah !


    Me too....DNS lah..haha...!! Cinya cham !! Flight ticker terbang liao !! Leave...leave...

    Weeeeei...u go 12 jam pinang jalan bo ?

    By Blogger Keipo, at 5:41 pm  

  • n: Mak aaaii.. dah fix dah date dia. Mentang2 comp nko sponsor lagik aaarrr.. Selit nama aku bleh?

    jaja: Route Mesilau.. ralit+lanjut. Timpohon - buat train'g turun bukit.. boleh laa. Itu hari aku jumpa Cowboy Miala (Eco-Challenge Sabah 2000) tgh training naik gunung. Sempat main SMS dgn dia 2-3hari lepaih tu.

    N+Azwar: Kasut getah..hiss tak boleh licin. Guide aku (local-people/ex-climbathon<3:30h).. itu hari pun pakai hebat jugak. Baju NorthFace+Timberland shoes. Siap tegur aku.. pakai Pegasus.. tak bagus. Tp mmg pun Pegasus x sesuai utk off-road. Heheee.. maybe kasut getah got spring - mana tau...

    Tey: Nx year.. still got! Apply leave earlier okay. Penang 12H - Go! Just doing fun walk and chat wt you guys + makan2 + enjoy angin pantai padang kota.

    All: If thinking of climbathon 2007, don't forget Sirkit Kembara Negara - ..testing 1-2-3. Need strong legs + large paru2... :P

    By Blogger aharis, at 10:13 am  

  • H : conclusionnye.. balik raya + carbo load = bkt larut.. amacam??

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:07 pm  

  • wah semangat sgt...bagus la! aku... masuk sprint je.

    By Blogger Wendy, at 11:20 pm  

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