Sudip Kulung finishes 4th in world-class field in the Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon in Sabah, Malayasia
Kota Kinabulu, Sabah, Malaysia – Sunday 23rd October 2011
Nepali trail runner Sudip Kulung from Gudel in Solukhumbu made history today. Competing against a world-class field in the 25th Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon in Malayasia, considered the world’s toughest mountain race, Kulung recorded the fastest descent time ever in the 25-year history of the race with 55’57”.
The famous race covers 21km up and down the 4,095m of Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in Southeast Asia. It is gruelling vertical climb of 2,300m over eight and a half kilometres, followed by a 12.5km decent. It is the final race of the year in the prestigious Skyrunning World Series.
There were 325 runners in the Men’s Open category from 31 countries including Nepal. Kulung finished 4th overall with a time of 2h45’14”, bettering his second-place time last year by over one minute. The race was won by the Spanish running phenomenon Kilian Jornet in 2h37’04”
Upendra Sunuwar from Sindhuli district bagged the 9th position in his first attempt of this mountain race with a time of 3h2’7″.
Their coach Ramesh Bhattachan, executive chairman of Nepal Mountain Running Service, said, “I am extremely proud of the performance of Sudip and Upendra in this world-class field. They have been training very hard at our centre in Pokhara, and to come 4th and 9th in the world shows their dedication and talent.”
The race has been organised since 1995 by the Sabah Tourism Board.