The Japanese runner Yuri Yoshizumi, winner of the Asian Circuit of Skyrunning, will travel to La Palma to take part in the Vertical Kilometer of Transvulcania 2017. The Japanese athlete is one of the sporting references of her country and is conceived as one of the potential winners in the female category of this distance.
Yuri won the gold medal in the Asian Championship of Skyrunning that took place in the island of Lantau (Hong Kong) last December. This race starts its route at sea level and climbs up to the summit of Lantau Peak, 943 metres above sea level, in just 5 kilometres. Yoshizumi smashed the previous record and set a new one in less than 46 minutes.
She was the best Asian athlete in the IAU Trail World Championship disputed in Portugal during last October, in which she covered a total distance of 85 kilometres. Although it wasn’t her favourite distance, she finished within the top 15.
Yoshizumi arrives to La Palma after remaining unbeaten for the whole season and obtaining the first place in the 2016 Skyrunner Vertical Kilometer Championship of Japan.
The Sports Counsellor of the La Palma Island Council, Ascensión Rodríguez, highlighted the “high level of the world class athletes that are travelling to La Palma to focus the attention in this new edition.” Besides, she remembered that “the participation of athletes like Yuri draw the interest of the world media on our race and on the tourist attributes of our land.”
Yoshizumi has chosen Transvulcania because “it is more than perfect to start to compete seriously in the world scene.” Her most immediate goal is to win the Vertical Kilometer of this event and to become the world’s number one of the distance.
Yuri stressed “the superb weather, the privileged surroundings that La Palma offers for running and the support of the local fans” as the main reasons that made her decide to travel to the Canary Islands from a faraway continent to take part in the Transvulcania.