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Safrey the champ

Published on: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: Local Bundu Tuhan mountain guide, Safrey Sumping became Malaysia's number one Ultra Trail Runner after winning the 100km category of the Colourcoil "The Most Beautiful Thing" (TMBT) Ultra Marathon over the weekend.

TMBT is Malaysia's original ultra trail marathon which offers three qualifying points to the official North Face Ultra Trail Du-Mont Blanc (UTMB) Ultra Trail Marathon 2015, as this year's UTMB will commence at the end of this month in the Alps, across France, Italy and Switzerland.

Safrey finished his 100km trail with a time of 14 hours 16 minutes and 16 seconds, beating Nepali legend, Upendra Sunuwar who clocked in at 15 hours and 45 seconds.

Last year, Safrey won the 50km category with a time of 7:06:00.

Malaysian Ong Soon Seng took third place after clocking in at 17:28:32, beating fellow Malaysian Munintaran Sundram who settled for fourth place with a time of 19:20:16.

Fifth place went to Bruneian Ahmad Fathi Junaidi with a time of 19:20:25.

Jasmine Goh of Singapore completed the women's chapter of this year's TMBT Ultra with a finishing time and win of 21:02:02 while Malaysian Chong Hsiao Shiang and Tan Seow Ping did Malaysia proud with finish times of 25:05:043 and 25:53:49 respectively for second and third place.

Melissa Woo of Brunei was officially the first Bruneian female to complete the full 100 kilometer category of the TMBT Ultra Trail Marathon in Malaysia with a finish time of 28:38:54 seconds.

According to Race Director, Avtar Singh, he is very happy with this year's TMBT turnout and results as 104 runners finished the 100km category out of the 192 who originally started.

"Our sincere congratulations to the 100k winners, runners up and third place finishers.

Our congratulations also extend to all the finishers of the Colourcoil TMBT 100k Ultra Trail Marathon 2014 who struggled and fought difficult terrain and weather conditions to finish," he said.

"As expected and predicted, we all got hit by a similar type of storm as in 2013.

Most came very well prepared with the right gear so kuddos to you for that and for those who also went the extra mile to ensure they were prepared for the worst conditions possible.

"I must also add we were impressed with the improved performances from many returning runners who in previous years did not finish due to various reasons and new runners who kept going even under very very challenging weather conditions. It was, brutal, to say the least," Singh said.