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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