On Wednesday, Catalan climber Kilian Jornet Burgada
beat the previous record, set in 1995 by Italian climber Bruno Brunod, by 22 minutes.
It all started at Cervinia, which lies at an altitude of 2,050 metres (6,726 feet), where Jornet left the village church at 3:00 pm local time.
It took him
two hours to scale the 4,478-metre (14,692-foot) Matterhorn peak. It then took him less than an hour to descend and return to his point of departure, arriving at 5:52 pm local time.
Jornet is a multiple world and European champion in the tough disciplines of mountain running and ski mountaineering.
is also a long-distance runner, mountain biker and duathlete (mountain running and mountain biking). He is also a three-time champion of the Skyrunner World Series from 2007–09 and the winner of the 2011 Western States Endurance Run.
is a mountain in the Pennine Alps on the border between Switzerland and Italy. It is one of the most deadly peaks in all of Europe, and a total of 500 climbers have died on its slopes between 1865 and 1995.