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Suzy Walsham and Piotr Lobodzinski smashed their course records at the Dubai Holding SkyRun this morning.

In the penultimate leg of the Vertical World Circuit, the world champions each took a massive chunk off their respective best times at Jumeirah Emirates Towers.

Walsham (AUS) completed the 1,334-step course in 8:03, taking 13 seconds off the 8:16 record she set in 2017.

The victory was the second in five days for Walsham, after she won in commanding fashion in Shanghai last Sunday.

Top five women:

1. Suzy Walsham (AUS) 8:03
2. Laura Manninen (FIN) 8:48
3. Huan Wang (CHN) 8:59
4. Lyubov Novgorodtseva (RUS) 9:15
5. Sarah Frost (GBR) 9:17

Lobodzinski bounces back

After the disappointment of having his unbeaten run in 2019 ended by Mark Bourne in Shanghai last Sunday, Piotr Lobodzinski came right back with the perfect performance to demonstrate why he is still the finest tower runner in the world.

The Polish star had said before the race that he felt in good shape and was planning a sub seven-minute finish. And he was absolutely true to his word.

His previous best time of 7:09 was smashed as he crossed the finish line in a new magnificent record of 6:55.

Top five men:

1. Piotr Lobodzinski (POL) 6:55
2. Emanuele Manzi (ITA) 7:17
3. Omar Bekkali (BEL) 7:59
4. Mickael Pourcelot (FRA) 8:04
5. Gholamreza Cheraghikavari (IRI) 9:09

Full results of Dubai Holding SkyRun 2019

Race to Hong Kong ICC cancelled

The scheduled Hong Kong leg of the Vertical World Circuit (VWC) has been cancelled due to the ongoing protests in the area.

The long-standing event, which has served as the Grand Finale of the VWC since 2013, was due to go ahead on 1 December.

The final round of the VWC will now take place in Osaka, Japan, on 10 November, at the 1,610 step skyscraper, Abeno Harukas.

The 50% bonus points that were due to be available in Hong Kong will now be awarded in Japan, together with the crowning of the men’s and women’s overall Circuit winners.

Abeno Harukas, Osaka, Japan.

Abeno Harukas in Osaka, Japan will now host the VWC Grand Finale

Ryoji Watanabe of Japan currently tops the men’s leaderboard, with Piotr Lobodzinski (POL) in second and Mark Bourne (AUS) in third.

Only the top five results from the 10 available races on the circuit are taken into account to determine the winner, so with 50% bonus points on offer in Osaka the title is still completely up for grabs.

In the women’s division, Suzy Walsham (AUS) now tops the rankings after her win in Shanghai last week. In second place is Laura Manninen (FIN), while Sarah Frost (GBR) currently holds third place.

The next round takes place in Dubai this coming Friday (25 October), before the Grand Finale just over a fortnight later on 10 November.