Steam­ing through Sabah

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THE FOURTH BOR­NEO UL­TRA-TRAIL Marathon saw 1,400 run­ners from 39 coun­tries pit­ting them­selves against Sabah’s steep ter­rain and tech­ni­cal trail. Com­peti­tors siz­zled on the ridge un­der high tem­per­a­tures dur­ing the day, and later strug­gled with foot­ing as rain turned trails muddy and slip­pery. Many came to the fin­ish line look­ing as they had joined the wa­ter buf­fa­los’ mud bath. Back­drops of the ma­jes­tic Mt Kin­a­balu made it all worth­while, while cu­ri­ous chil­dren and f lee­ing do­mes­tic an­i­mals along the route were part of the wel­come run­ners re­ceived in the na­tive vil­lages. A trio con­sist­ing of Ita lian Alessan­dro Rizzetto Chini, Bri­tain Chris Good­win and lo­cal run­ner Mil­ton Amat pulled away from the start on the 100-km course and were close to­gether for the first 25km be­fore Amat made a de­ci­sive push on the largest hill on the course to gain 20 min­utes on the oth­ers. Amat kept the lead to the fin­ish, ahead of Good­win and Rizzetto in third. In the fe­male cat­e­gory, it was also a trio, con­sist­ing of UK’S Lucy Scott, lo­cal run­ner Adeli­nah Lin­tanga and Sin­ga­porean Poh Suan Puah, who pulled away early and bat­tled it out with Scott even­tu­ally tak­ing the top spot fol­lowed by Lin­tanga and Poh. The 50-km race saw the Czech Repub­lic’s Petr Novotny blaz­ing through the course to take a con­vinc­ing win in the men’s cat­e­gory ahead of lo­cal run­ner Safrey Sump­ing in sec­ond and UK’S Chris Timms in third. In the women’s, Hong Kong’s Cindy Fan took the top spot ahead of Brunei’s Judy Les­lie and lo­cal top run­ner Jas­sica Lin­tanga Pado.

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