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Anna Ficner defended her European Tower Running Championship title at Rondo 1 in Warsaw, Poland on Saturday.

The 2016 European champion put in a dominant first round run of 4:28.3 up the 38 floors of Rondo 1 to create a big lead over the rest of the field. Fellow Polish athletes Iwona Januszyk (4:48.8) and Iwona Wicha (5:08.2) followed, with Czech runner Adela Vorackova just back in 5:09.8.

After a mere 10-minute rest, the athletes set off on their second runs. The total of the two runs would be combined to determine the overall winner.

With a 20-second lead already established in the first run, it would have taken a completely disastrous second run from Ficner to lose top spot.

The 37-year old, who had already won three times previously at Rondo 1, was not to be halted.

Iwona Januszyk, Anna Ficner and Adela Vorackova (photo: Bartłomiej Zborowski)

Januszyk clocked the fastest time in the second run (5:15.06), but Ficner kept well within touching distance, finishing just slightly slower in 5:16.98).

Ficner’s total time across the two runs of 9:45.01 was comfortably ahead of Januszyk’s 10:03.14.

In the battle for third place, the quick back-to-back runs took an impact on Iwona Wicha. The experienced Pole dropped time in the second round and was unable to hold onto her spot on the podium.

Vorackova spoiled the home town’s hopes of an all-Polish podium, taking third with her total of 10:37.01, ahead of Wicha’s 10:42.40.

Ficner’s win was matched by veteran Italian Fabio Ruga in the men’s division. It was a repeat of the result in 2012, when the pair also took victory at Rondo 1.

Full European Tower Running Championship results

Italy’s Fabio Ruga raced to gold at the European Tower Running Championship in Warsaw, Poland on Saturday.

Ruga clocked 3:41.8 in the first of his two runs up the 38-floor Rondo 1 building in the Polish capital [the two times were combined to determine the fastest athlete]. This was enough to put him ahead of all other European athletes, and just a split second slower than the international guest Soh Wai Ching from Malaysia.

Defending champion Christian Riedl’s (GER) first-round run of 3:49 was the next quickest, with Jakob Mayer (AUT) and Tomas Macecek (CZE) the only other athletes to go sub four-minutes in the first round with times of 3:50.6 and 3:55.8, respectively.

After just 10 minutes rest, athletes set off on their second runs, and it was here that Ruga set himself apart from the field.

His 3:50.7 was the fastest in the second round and enough to secure him the title of European champion.

Christian Riedl maintained his second-place position with 3:52.13 in the second round, while Tomas Macecek leaped ahead of Jakob Mayer to secure third place on the podium.

Laurence Ball was the highest ranked British runner, finishing 12th.

European Tower Running Champion Fabio Ruga with Malaysia’s Soh Wai Ching
Over a decade at the top

The 40-year old Italian’s win was a brilliant demonstration of his remarkable longevity, coming 14 years after his tower running debut and 10 years after his last win at Rondo 1 back in 2012.

Ruga’s winning time that year was 3:39.53, so to get so close to that time again a decade on is an impressive achievement.

The Italian mountain runner obviously likes the course in Poland, as in 2016 he finished third at the European Tower Running Championship, which was also held at Rondo 1.

Full results of the European Tower Running Championship

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The European Tower Running Championship takes place tomorrow (21 May) at the Rondo 1 tower in Warsaw, Poland.

It’s the fourth edition of the championship and 2016 champions Christian Riedl and Anna Ficner are both returning to defend their titles.

The Championship format involves two runs up the 38 floors of Rondo 1, in a time-trial format. The athlete with the fastest combined time will win.

The who’s who of European tower running will be in attendance, but disappointingly the anticipated return of Piotr Lobodzinski will no longer happen, after the Polish athlete had to withdraw due to injury.

Men’s Elite

Görge Heimann (Germany)
Fabio Ruga (Italy)
Stefan Stefina (Slovakia)
Jakob Mayer (Austria)
Christian Riedl (Germany)
Tomáš Maceček (Czech Republic)
Tomas Celko (Slovakia)
Sebastien De Castro (France)
Daniel Koszykowski (Poland)
Krzysztof Gawlas (Poland)
Gerko Floor (Netherlands)
Pawel Ruszala (Poland)
Lukáš Mlýnek (Czech Republic)
Siegfried Flor (Germany)
David Leitheiser (Germany)
Mateusz Marunowski (Poland)
Kacper Mrowiec (Poland)
Matthias Gall (Germany)
Marlo Post (Netherlands)
Andreas Fruhmann (Germany)
Pavel Holec (Czech Republic)
Pawel Zakowicz (Poland)
Lars Migge (Germany)
Rauno Tiits (Estonia)
Božidar Deodat Krešić (Croatia)
Adrian Hebda (Poland)
Jindrich Schick (Czech Republic)
Nishad Manerikar (UK)
Roberto Toffano (Italy)
Irakli Chubinashvili (Georgia)
Wai Ching Soh (Malaysia)

Women’s Elite

Iwona Wicha (Poland)
Piret Põldsaar (Estonia)
Verena Schmitz (Germany)
Kamila Chomaničová (Slovakia)
Adéla Voráčková (Czech Republic)
Dominika Stelmach (Poland)
Anna Ficner (Poland)
Anna Żółtak (Poland)
Alessandra Valgoi (Italy)
Anzhela Fibikh (Russia)
Iwona Januszyk (Poland)
Chiara Cristoni (Italy)

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