Anthamatten breaks Red bull K3 2-hour barrier

Red Bull K3, 10th race in the Vertical Kilometer World Circuit. ©Damiano Levati/Red Bull Content Pool

The world’s only Triple Vertical Kilometer® race, the Red Bull K3, took place in Susa, Piedmont, Italy on July 29, the tenth in the eighteen-race Vertical Kilometer® World Circuit with many of the top international athletes competing.

The race counts an intimidating 3,030m vertical climb over 9.7 km distance signifying an average 30% incline all the way up to the 3,538m Rocciamelone summit.

Luka Kovacic, 8th Red Bull K3. ©Damiano Levati/Red Bull Content Pool.

Switzerland’s Martin Anthamatten set a new record in 1h58’53”, breaking the previous two-hour barrier set in 2015 by compatriot Rémi Bonnet of 2h01’57”. Bonnet closed second under his own record in 2h0’33” and Italy’s Nadir Maguet was third in 2h05’24”.

Italy again was on the podium, on the top rung, with Camilla Magliano first in 2h29’36”, Switzerland’s Victoria Kreuzer second in 2h31’38” and Spaniard Maite Maiora, third in 2h33’03”. The standing course record is by Spaniard Laura Orgué in 2h22’38” (2014).

Victoria Kreuzer, 2nd, Red Bull K3. ©Damiano Levati/Red Bull Content Pool.

369 athletes from 18 countries toed the start line in the historical town of Susa, Piedmont, Italy for the fourth edition of the race.

After Saturday’s race, the new VK World Circuit ranking leader is Italian Patrick Facchini. Slovenian Nejc Kuhar rises to second. Andorran Ferran Teixido, absent, slides to third and Bonnet is now in fourth.
The women’s top ranking remains unchanged.

Race winners Martin Anthamatten and Camilla Magliano. ©Damiano Levati/Red Bull Content Pool.

The Vertical Kilometer® World Circuit moves on to Norway for Friday’s Blåmann Vertical Kilometer® part of the weekend’s events on the Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series organised by skyrunning super stars Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg.

Red Bull K3 results
1. Martin Anthamattern (SUI) – 1h58’53”
2. Rémi Bonnet (SUI) – 2h00’30”
3. Nadir Maguet (ITA) – 2h05’24”
4. Nejc Kuhar (SLO) – 2h08’17”
5. Henry Hofer (ITA) – 2h08’32”

1. Camilla Magliano (ITA) -2h29’36”
2. Victoria Kreuzer (SUI) – 2h31’38”
3. Maite Maiora (ESP) – 2h33’03”
4. Chiara Giovando (ITA) – 2h38’29”
5. Hilde Aders (NOR) – 2h41’23”

Full results

VKWC rankings

Race details

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