The Vertical race brought a repetition of the double victory in the Espoirs category, this time with interchanged places. Samuel Equy pushed himself with an extraordinary performance to the top the podium (overall 7th), Davide Magnini, in his usually strongest discipline, took the place of the vice world champion (overall 9th). German Toni Lautenbacher raced to an amazing overall 6th place, Austrian Armin Höfl to the 10th place and US John Gaston finished with rank 13th – all these performances topped off a superb result once more. Iwan Arnold was able to show his strength again on the last day of the event with a top-performance in the relay race. Even though the Swiss team had the second fastest time, it was then ranked 4th after a technical mistake resulting in a time penalty. France’s Samuel Equy profited from that incident though, and surprisingly received the silver medal with his relay team.
The athlete’s comments on the World Championships of Skimountaineering:
What Iwan Arnold says to his successful Sprint race:
The specialist in Sprint, Iwan Arnold, delivered a precise and well-planned race and only had to give in to his fellow countryman Arno Lietha: „It was a difficult race today, but I was able to plan it well. Arno was unbeatable, I haven’t had the legs to challenge him. But my equipment was top, I always had perfect grip with my skins in the very slippery course.”
Davide Magnini after his successes in the Individual and Vertical race:
The 21-year-old Italian had to deal recently with an inflammation in his ankle joint which he got under control just in time for the World Championships: „I’m very satisfied with my performance in the Individual race despite problems with the binding, which probably prevented me from jumping onto the podium in the overall ranking. The Vertical race was too flat for me, my ankle started to hurt. Only when it got steeper right before the finish, I could accelerate and secure the 9th position.”