The fireworks from the opening ceremony gave way to fireworks on the jungle- and temple-lined trail. Saturday’s 40-kilometer Trail World Championships race — just a smidge less than the marathon distance — ran as a bit of a figure of eight with two major climbs. Those two mountains pushed the race to 2,425 meters of gain (8,000 feet) over its 25 miles of distance.
As with all of the other races, there was a $4,000 first-place prize with prize money going five deep.
Speaking of other races, you can also check out our results articles for the 2022 World Mountain Running Championships Up and Down, 2022 World Mountain Running Championships Uphill, and 2022 Trail World Championships 80k races.
2022 Trail World Championships 40k Men’s Race
Stian Angermund (Norway) outran the competitive men’s field to win in 3:08. He finished in the city, hoisting the finish tape overhead as pyrotechnics lit up. It was last year that Angermund had greater success, winning several Golden Trail World Series races, but this win highlights an otherwise quieter 2022. “I can’t believe it,” Angermund shared on social media.
Francesco Puppi (Italy) and Jon Albon (U.K.) were second and third in 3:11 and 3:13. Puppi was fifth at the Pikes Peak Ascent earlier this year while racing typically shorter races, and Albon was second at this year’s CCC while racing typically longer races.
Max King was the first U.S. runner in fourth at 3:17. Kristian Jones of the U.K. was fifth man home, also in 3:17.
Italy took the men’s team win with its top-three runners finishing second, seventh, and 10th. France and the U.K. earned team silver and bronze.
2022 Trail World Championships 40k Men’s Results
1 – Stian Angermund (Norway) – 3:08
2 – Francesco Puppi (Italy) – 3:11
3 – Jon Albon (U.K.) – 3:13
4 – Max King (USA) – 3:17
5 – Kristian Jones (U.K.) – 3:17
6 – Thomas Cardin (France) – 3:19
7 – Andrea Rota (Italy) – 3:19
8 – Bogdan Damian (Romania) – 3:19
9 – Antonio Martinez (Spain) – 3:21
10 – Cristian Minoggio (Italy) – 3:21
2022 Trail World Championships 40k Women’s Race
Like so many others, the technical mountain course in the jungle wasn’t typically what Denisa Dragomir (Romania) races, but the skyrunning star mastered the terrain and won in 3:49. She grabbed a Romanian flag to drape across her shoulders as she enjoyed the finish. Echoing Angermund nearly to the word on social media, Dragomir shared, “I still can’t believe it,” in Romanian.
Barbora Macurová (Czech Republic) was second in 3:51 and Emilia Brangefält (Sweden) was third in 3:54. Macurová and Brangefält are both newcomers to this level of racing. Macurová is only 23 years old, and Brangefält is just 20 years old.
Spain occupied the back half of the top five, with Nuria Gil and Sheila Avilés going fourth and fifth, respectively, and both in 3:57.
Spain, with its top three runners finishing fourth, fifth, and 10th, won team gold. The USA and U.K. were second and third.
2022 Trail World Championships 40k Women’s Results
1 – Denisa Dragomir (Romania) – 3:49
2 – Barbora Macurová (Czech Republic) – 3:51
3 – Emilia Brangefält (Sweden) – 3:54
4 – Nuria Gil (Spain) – 3:56
5 – Sheila Avilés (Spain) – 3:56
6 – Fabiola Conti (Italy) – 3:57
7 – Kimber Mattox (USA) – 3:57
8 – Eleanor Davis (U.K.) – 3:58
9 – Sharon Taylor (U.K.) – 4:01
10 – Julia Font (Spain) – 4:02