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Ondrej Tesar running at Krnovsky Run Up

Ondřej Tesař defended his Men’s Open title at the Krnovsky Run Up in the Czech Republic on Saturday.

The Mikolajice athlete took victory in the final run in a personal best time of 55.83.

It was the fifth edition of the 218-step stair race at Cvilinske schody in Krnov, Czech Republic.

The unique and exciting race format began with a qualifier to find the fastest 16 men and women. This was followed by quarters, semis and a grand final to determine the overall winners.

Tesař, who had finished third in 2018-19 before his win last year, was the pre-race favourite heading into Saturday’s event.

In contrast to his winning run to the title in 2020, Tesař took a slower route to the final this time around, never finishing faster than 1:10 in the qualifier, quarter-final or semi-final runs.

But he was evidently keeping his powder dry, as he exploded to victory in the final with his fastest time in four years.

He was followed by Jan Keclík in 59.74, while Petr Lisník improved on his fourth place finish last year, taking third in 1:01.


Pobutová takes the win in close women’s final

Eliška Pobutová claimed victory in an exciting Women’s Open final that saw just three seconds separate the four finalists.

She got out in front of her rivals and held the lead to cross the line in 1:29.64. Behind her, the remaining three finalists put on a brilliant show for second spot.

Eliška Fackenbergová (above in black) looked all set to take second place as the runners neared the finish, but faded in the final metres and was caught on the line by Monika Horáková (1:32.25) and Viktorie Olekšová (1:32.51). Fackenbergová finished fourth in 1:32.63.

Videos and images courtesy of Cvilínské schody. See full Krnovsky Run Up 2021 race results and more race day photos.

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It was third time lucky for Ondřej Tesař on Saturday as he finally finished on top of the podium at the Krnovsky Run Up.

Tesař had finished third at the event in 2018 and 2019, but came out victorious on Saturday following a day of close battles with Poland’s Kacper Mrowiec.

It was the fourth edition of the 218-step stair race at Cvilinske schody in Krnov, Czech Republic.

The unique and exciting race format began with a qualifier to find the fastest 16 men and women. This was followed by quarters, semis and a grand final to determine the overall winners.

Tesař got his campaign off to an impressive start, clocking 58:37 in the qualifier to finish second fastest. He was just behind one of his predicted rivals and fellow Czech, Pavel Holec.

Poland’s Kacper Mrowiec, who was making his debut at the event, took it a little easier in the qualifiers as he got a feel for the course. He clocked 1:07.12 to qualify as the seventh fastest male.

Quarter-final showdowns

The action picked up in the next round when Mrowiec and Tesař were paired off against each other in the second quarter-final.

Mrowiec finished narrowly ahead of his Czech rival, with both men advancing to the semis.

In the fourth quarter-final, Jan Keclík and Petr Lisník had to push hard to secure their spot in the semis, with both men clocking sub one-minute times.

Pavel Holec won his quarter-final by a comfortable three-second margin to advance as one of the final eight men.

Holec fastest in the semi-finals

Holec stepped things up again in the first semi-final, winning in 1:00.24. He was followed by Lisník who qualified for the final by the narrowest of margins, reaching the top of the stairs just over half a second faster than the hometown favourite Luděk Slonina.

In the second semi, Mrowiec was once again battling it out with Tesař.

As he had in the quarter-final, the Pole reached the top of the 218 steps shortly before Tesař, clocking 1:05.17 to the Czech’s 1:07.58.

Everything was set up for a fantastic final sprint between three of the pre-race favourites.

The finalists: Pavel Holec, Ondřej Tesař, Petr Lisník and Kacper Mrowiec (all images courtesy of Cvilinske Schody)
Tesař saves the best for last

Mrowiec (#141) blasted off in the final, taking a narrow lead early on.

Kacper Mrowiec (#141) gets out in front early on in the final race

But Tesař kept him within touching distance before pushing ahead towards the end.

The video below shows you just how close the end of the brilliant final race was.

Tesař took victory with a time of 58:74, followed by Mrowiec in 59:91 and Pavel Holec in 1:00.63. Petr Lisník was a little further back, finishing in 1:04.36.