Showtime Waltzes to Victory in Vienna

Posted: August 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

Piotr “Showtime” Lobodzinski added another victory and an event record to his outstanding 2015 season at the Millennium Tower in Vienna last weekend.

Showtime Lobodzinski laughing all the way to victory

Showtime Lobodzinski laughing all the way to victory

The popular event, which involves three climbs up 843 stairs, regularly draws the cream of the European stair running elite and this year was no exception, with Christian Riedl, Tomas Celko, Matjaz Miklosa and Klaus Hausleitner among those in attendance.

“Showtime” was the fastest in each of the three legs, with even his slowest time of 3:45.0 (clocked on his second run) still faster than anything any of his competitors could muster in any of their climbs. Joining the Pole on the podium, in line with the current World Cup rankings, were reigning ESBRU champion Christian “The Eclipse” Riedl in second place and Slovakia’s Tomas “The Zilina Avalanche” Celko in third. The three demonstrated their supremacy on the day, being the only ones to manage sub-4 minute times in all their climbs.

The Triumvirate: Riedl, Lobodzinski and Celko

The Triumvirate: Riedl, Lobodzinski and Celko

Rounding out the top five were “The Slovenian Multi-Tool” Matjaz Miklosa and another strong Slovakian, Stefan “The Fist of Jánošík” Stefina.

In the single climb race it was Austrian Rolf “The Wanderer” Majcen who took victory on home turf in a time of 4:09.

In the ladies division it was another Pole who raced to victory as Dominika “The Rising Sun” Wisniewska-Ulfik finished her three climbs in a total time of 14:40. She was followed by Lenka “Czech Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself” Svabikova aka “Shredder” aka “Operation Abs” in 15:23, while up-and-coming Polish athlete Iwona “Pole Position” Wicha aka “The Gun Show” finished third in 15:48.

Six of the best

Six of the best: Riedl, Lobodzinski, Celko, Svabikova, Wisniewska-Ulfik and Wicha (front)

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