Vietnamese athlete comes 3rd in Vietnam's first vertical run, world champion defends title

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 Reigning vertical world champion Thomas Dold of Germany defended his title by winning the inaugural vertical run up Ho Chi Minh City's highest skyscraper Bitexco Tower.

 

A Vietnamese contestant won third prize in the male category at Vietnam's first vertical run Sunday, following the world reigning champion who came first.

 

Reigning vertical world champion Thomas Dold of Germany defended his title by winning the inaugural vertical run up Ho Chi Minh City's highest skyscraper Bitexco Tower.

 

Winning the event is Dold's fifth outright victory on this year's Vertical World Circuit, placing him first in the men's ranking. The 27-year old German clocked 4 minutes and 51 seconds, taking home the prize of US$1,500.

 

"This is my first time in Vietnam, so I am very happy to have come here and have won this great challenge in such a beautiful city," Dold was cited as saying in a Bitexco press release.

 

Racers climbed up a total of 1,002 steps to the 49th floor of the 68-story tower, where an observation desk offered them views of the city and the Saigon River from a height of 178 meters.

 

"The highlight is the fantastic view over Ho Chi Minh City when reaching the finish line; it makes the whole effort worthwhile," Dold said.

 

He said he's looking forward to next year's race.

 

Local runner Nguyen Ngoc Quang came third in 5 minutes and 30 seconds, three seconds after Emanuele Manzi of Italy. Quang took home $500 and Manzi, $1,000.

 

In the women category, world champion Melissa Moon of New Zealand was not so lucky as she was beaten by Italy's Valentina Belotti by 15 seconds.

 

Belotti finished in 6 minutes 19 seconds, scoring her third win of the year.

 

"Having trained so hard for this race, it is the sweetest victory," Belotti said.

 

Bridget Robertson of New Zealand finished third in 6 minutes 59 seconds.

 

Double amputee Dwayne Fernandes of Australia also completed the run in a time of 14 minutes and 31 seconds.

 

Fernandes said his participation "will give motivation to other people with disabilities in Vietnam to be more active and join these kind of events."

 

Bitexco said in the Sunday press release that all proceeds from paid race entries, US$12 each from more than 500 participants, will be donated to East Meets West Foundation's INSPIRE Sports, a program supporting disabled people in Vietnam through sports and recreational activities.

 

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