Nepali athlete Mira Rai has achieved a huge milestone after winning the Mont Blanc Skyrunner World Series in Chamonix Mont-Blanc Valley, France on Saturday (June 27). The ultra trail runner finished the race — 82km in distance with upto 6,000m altitude — in 12 hours, 32 minutes and 12 seconds to win the women’s overall section gold medal in the second edition of the competition. Anna Comet Pascua of Spain came second in 12:54:55, while USA’s Hilary Allen was third in 13:11:40.
Rai, who hails from Bhojpur and was a member of PLA for two years during Maoist insurgency, was a runaway leader as she left her opponents way back finishing the race almost 21 minutes. She also broke the course record, beating previous edition’s 12:38:49 set by Sweden’s Tina-Emelie Forsberg. The 15-year-old, who ran with Nepalese Flag, had previously won gold in the Buffalo Stampede Skyrunning in Australia in April. This is the sixth race Rai participated in 2015, winning four of them.