The day after the 40th edition of Athletissima, the annual athletics meeting at the Stade olympique de la Pontaise in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Jungfrau railway and Hublot took the most prestigious athletic discipline to new heights with a race bringing together two of sport’s gentlemen.
Dario Cologna – one of the best cross-country skiers of all time – and Asafa Powell, one of the fastest athletes in the history of the discipline, took on a unique challenge. They competed over 100 metres at an altitude of 3454 metres. A flying start for Cologna on snow and a starting pistol for Powell on the track, each on a route created specially for this unique race. Cheering them on from the sidelines were Mujinga Kambundji, one of Switzerland’s best sprinters, and her team-mates from the 4 x 100 metres, as well as top Swiss wrestler Kilian Wenger, an ambassador for the Jungfrau region.
After a flight over the three most stunning Swiss Alps – the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau – Dario Cologna and Asafa Powell – welcomed by the Swiss national women’s 4 x 100 metres team – landed on the roof of Europe to compete over 100 metres.
Two Hublot trophies were brought in especially for the occasion. These trophies were created to honour the extraordinary careers of these elite sportsmen. Dario Cologna and Asafa Powell – two renowned athletes – were presented with these symbolic trophies by Kilian Wenger.