The Spanish Up&Down men’s team is proclaimed runner-up in the world in Thailand


The Spanish men’s Up&Down team, made up of Andreu Blanes, Oriol Cardona, Alejandro García and Miquel Corbera, has been proclaimed world runner-up in the category at the Mountain & Trail Running World Championship held in Chiang Mai (Thailand), a cites that Spain has closed with a total of seven medals.

Blanes, Cardona, García and Corbera -the last three had already achieved the bronze medal in the Uphill test, where Alejandro García also won the individual bronze-, completed a fantastic test in which they were only surpassed by Uganda, with Italy closing the podium.

Andreu Blanes finished in sixth position (41:31), first for a non-African runner, while Oiol Cardona was eighth (42:44), Alejandro García fifteenth (43:23) and Miquel Corbera nineteenth (43:44). Ugandan Samuel Kibet (40:02) was proclaimed champion ahead of Kenyan Patrick Kipngeno (40:12) and fellow Ugandan Timothy Toroitich (40:26).

The Up&Down women’s team, meanwhile, finished seventh in a test that dominated Switzerland ahead of Great Britain and the United States. Onditz Iturbe achieved a meritorious ninth place (50:57), while María Órdóñez was thirty-third (55:01), Laia Montoya thirty-ninth (56:12) and Andrea Rico forty-ninth (59:47). The individual title went to the Ugandan Rebecca Cheptegei (46:25), who beat her compatriot Annet Dhemengich Chelangat (46:52) and the American Alie McLaughlin (48:31).

In the men’s Under-20 Up&Down event, the Spanish team, made up of Fabián Venero (6th), Marcos Villamuera (12th), Álvaro Osanz (21st) and Jan Torrella (23rd), was fourth, and in the women’s, Blanca Batlle was ninth and Gemma Rebollo, twelfth.

Spain says goodbye to the event in Thai lands with a booty of seven medals and 18 finalists (12 individual and 6 team medals).