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Mark Bourne won the Race to Shanghai IFC this morning to become the first person to beat world champion Piotr Lobodzinski in 2019.

The Australian mountain running star reached the top of the 1,460-step tower in 7:58, ahead of Lobodzinski, who finished in 8:05.

Bourne, who set the course record of 7:42 in 2016, was back on the tower running circuit for the first time since May. But the five month break from the stairs (albeit filled with mountain running) seems to have done the Canberra man no harm at all.

‘I’m very happy to come here and win up this building again. It’s the sixth time I’ve been here and I always enjoy coming back. I’ve won it four times now. I’m looking forward to Osaka in three weeks’ time. I’ve done some very good times there in the past so looking forward to finishing off the season strongly,’ said Bourne.

The race on Sunday morning was the fifth occasion the long-time rivals had met this season, with Lobodzinski having won each of those races.

Heading into the event, Lobodzinski was on an 11-race win streak and was hoping to maintain his unbeaten run to the end of the season.

But on this particular course, the world number one has often struggled to beat Bourne, and once again he found himself undone.

It was the first time since 2014 that Lobodzinski failed to finish in under eight minutes.

Third place on the day went to Japan’s Ryoji Watanabe who finished in 8:17.

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It’s been a fairly quiet start to August with most of the stair running action happening at the ongoing Vertical Marathon Series in China.

At the start of the month in Guangzhou, reigning Chinese champion Ou “The Great Wall” Jiajing took his third victory in the series. He scaled the 40 floor R&F Tianyu Building in a time of 6.05.

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Ou Jiajing begins his run to victory in Guangzhou

The following weekend saw the last race in Guangzhou, before the series branched out into other parts of the country. Taking place at the 52-floor VT 101, victory in the men’s division was secured by Liang “Juggernaut” Shuanghong, while strong female stair climber Fan “Tidal Wave” Fengjuan secured her third victory of the series.

That same Saturday (8th August) saw a race at the Gemdale Plaza in Beijing where in-form British athlete Rich “Beyond Human” Sirrs took his second recent win, in a very closely fought contest. Sirrs returns to England soon in time for the upcoming UK championships, where he is expected to be very competitive.

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Rich Sirrs takes the win by just 0.6 seconds in Beijing

August 9th saw the highly anticipated Skyscraper Dash in Bangalore, India. Returning for its second year, the event had climbers take on the city’s 850 step World Trade Center. Unfortunately, results aren’t yet in for the race, but the Skyscraper Dash team have one of the best event websites we have seen here. Their Facebook page also has a great spread of photos from the event, showing climbers of all shapes, sizes and ages. It’s definitely worth checking out!

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Bangalore showing how to get it done!!

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