More than 300 athletes might have braved the Russian winter to compete in the finale of Red Bull 400, but it was Dmitry Mityaev and his wife Ekaterina Mityaeva who came out on top to win the event for a second time.
The RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center in Sochi usually sees athletes hurtling down and leaping off on skis for huge events like the Winter Olympics, which took place here nearly four years ago. This time around, however, it was runners who were taking on the near-vertical sprint over a gruelling 400m.
Scroll down to get the low-down on what happened at the event that’s famed for its 140m of elevation gain and a 33,60° incline.
The major plaudits have to go to Russian power couple, Dmitry Mityaev and Ekaterina Mityaeva, who took the victory ahead of rivals from all over the world to repeat their success in Chaikovsky earlier this year.
Dmitry powered to the top in three minutes and 40 seconds with Ekaterina crossing the line after four minutes and 34 seconds.
Sochi was the 13th event this year and the fifth being held at an iconic former Winter Games venue after earlier races in Sapporo, Courcheval, Whistler and Park City.
The 2017 run of Red Bull 400 events have included seven new venues and the first ever World Championships, featuring 1,056 participants from 40 countries.
1. Dmitry Mityaev – 03:40
2. Evgeniy Markov – 4:11
3. Sergey Polygalov – 4:15
1. Ekaterina Mityaeva – 04:34
2. Olga Tarantinova – 5:02
3. Anastasiya Kozina – 5:18
1. Team 1000 (Yakovlev, Tsvyk, Yakovlev, Shamgullin) – 2:33
2. Team 1003 (Volegova, Dergunov, Provorov, Marochkina) – 3:14
3. Team 1001 (Panchenko, Semenikhin, Kostina, Sokolov) – 3:17