The Spanish runner ended up in the third position in last year’s edition of the French race, whereas the Chinese athlete won the CCC and became the first Asian athlete to win in the UTMB
The Transvulcania Naviera Armas 2019 is still confirming more athletes who will compete in the eleventh edition of the event. The Spanish runner Jordi Gamito and the Chinese athlete Miao Yao have already confirmed their participation at the race in La Palma. This will ensure the participation of two of the best athletes in the world, who will join a big group of runners who will compete in this year’s Transvulcania.
Gamito and Miao were two of the stars in the last edition of the Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc. The Catalan finished third after the French Xavier Thevenard, who is called “Monsieur UTMB”, and the Romanian Robert Hajnal.
Whereas Miao Yao achieved the first place in the CCC, beating Katie Schide and Ida Nilsson, with more than 30 and 45 minutes of difference, respectively. The 23-year-old athlete has a great curriculum, with great results in different races. Yao finished the Lavaredo Ultra Trail in the second place, being beaten by Kelly Wolf, one of the best runners in history. Miao Yao won in 2018 the Hong Kong 100, breaking the record of the race and the Ultra Kora of the Yading Skyrunning Festival. Furthermore, Yao, member of the Salomon team, became the first Asian runner in history to win in the UTMB. These results, as well as her concentration and determination to be the best, makes the Chinese athlete one of the favourites in order to win this year’s Transvulcania.
On the other hand, the Spanish runner Jordi Gamito had an amazing year after achieving great results in many races, too. The runner from Girona started the year with an injury, which impeded him to compete in the Transgrancanaria. However, he came back stronger than ever, as he ended up in the third position in Trilhos dos Abuitres and the Madeira Island Ultra Trail. He also achieved the second position in the Salomon Gore Tex Maxi Race. His amazing year continued, as he won the Olympus Ultra, the Gran raid of Reunion and the Everest Trail Race. But it wasn’t until the UTMB when Gamito came into the elite of runners. After an incredible race, he finished third in one of the most mythical races in the world.
“Having the ability to draw the attention of these big figures of the World Trail Running makes us very happy and proud. This also shows how strong the pull of the Transvulcania is, even attracting Asian runners, who have to travel a big way to compete in our event”, said the sports counsellor of La Palma, Ascensión Rodríguez.