KILIAN JORNET HINTS AT 24-HOUR RERUN AFTER PULLING OUT WITH CHEST PAINS

THE CATALAN TRAIL RUNNER WAS ON WORLD RECORD PACE BEFORE PULLING OUT IN THE 11TH HOUR BUT SAYS THE 24 HOURS IS STILL ON HIS BUCKETLIST

KILIAN JORNET HINTS AT 24-HOUR RERUN AFTER PULLING OUT WITH CHEST PAINS

by Trail Running |

Kilian Jornet had averaged below 7:40/mile pace for more than 10 hours before his withdrawal (credit: Vegard Breie)

Trail running great Kilian Jornet says he has unfinished business at the 24 hours distance despite pulling out in the first half of his world record attempt in Mandelen, Norway, this week.

The three-time UTMB winner completed around 134km (83.3 miles) in around 10 and a half hours but then stopped due to experiencing pains in his chest. He spent the night in hospital but is now back at home and well.

Jornet, the record-holder for the Bob Graham Round in the Lake District and winner of many of the world’s most famous trail races, made the switch to a 400m running track to try to break the world record of 303.506km (188.6 miles) held by Yiannis Kouros.

However, after starting the “Phantasm 24” on Friday morning inside target pace, dizziness and pain led to him abandoning the effort. He had been behind Sebastian Conrad Håkansson, who went on to set a Norwegian 12-hour record before also dropping out.

He wrote on Instagram: “The race started well, went all normal, with its small ups and downs, some small but normal pains, but as planned until just after 10h when I suddenly felt 2 consecutive sharp oppression pain in my chest. I got very dizzy and get medical attention, thanks to the doctor who was in the race (sorry I forget your name) for your help 🙏 the ambulance took me to the hospital where I’ve been doing tests and in observation this night. All seems ok now! No big problems but will be good to do some further tests.”

However, Jornet, who also ran a 10km on the roads this year, clocking 29:59, could make another attempt at some point.

The Norwegian-based Catalan, who was wearing the new Salomon S/LAB Phantasm shoe, added: “Now I will take a break, try to rest a bit. Racing is unpredictable, sometimes even with great preparation things happen, but races and mountains will still be there...and the 24h are still on the list ;)”

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