The men's runner-up from the recent Red Bull 400 World Championship and the women's six-time mountain-running world champion prove unbeatable with the best times at the head of a record field of participants in Austria.
On a record-breaking day in Bischofshofen, Andrea Mayr dominated the women’s full distance to secure her fourth win on home soil in front of 4,500 fans.
In his second Red Bull 400 race, German professional ski mountaineer Palzer improved the track record by more than eight seconds to 3m 08.9s, while Turkish world champion Arslan failed to make the podium for the first time ever. After 14 wins from 15 attempts, Mr Red Bull 400 himself finished fifth, his worst result to date. Second placed Hannes Meissel was the best-placed Austrian for the fifth time in a row and Slovakia’s Tomas Celko, who held the record for the event’s fastest winning time until today, came third.
In the women’s Andrea Mayr, the six-time mountain running world champion and full-time doctor, bettered her own record by 4.6s to 3m 47.9s. The Austrian secured her fourth win on home soil, beating Dominika Wisniewska-Ulif to second place, just eight months after the Pole gave birth to a baby girl. Austrian short-track skater Veronika Windisch completed the podium.
The strongest team performance came once again from Ask Slavia Praha, the world champion relay team from the Czech Republic, who needed only 113 seconds to cover the 140 vertical metres to cross the finish line.
Austria is the country where Red Bull 400 kicked-off seven years ago and today’s 33rd event was one for the record books. 1,500 participants from 29 nations from as far as Australia, Kenya, Morocco and Venezuela made for the biggest number of participants in this one-day event to date.
Track records in three categories – men’s and women’s full distance and fire fighters relay – and 11 people were honoured for their endurance and participation in all seven Austrian editions of the event.
From the venue with the fastest winning time, Red Bull 400 moves on to the place with the slowest winning time, Planica in Slovenia, on September 16.