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Hannes Perkmann took victory. © Harald Wisthaler

Drei Zinnen Alpine Run goes to Perkmann and Bottarelli

The 26th South Tyrol Drei Zinnen Alpine Run took place in Sesto on Saturday in wonderful late summer weather with very mild temperatures. Hannes Perkmann from Sarntal achieved a first, as he secured the first South Tyrolean victory for men in the 17 km long mountain run with a height difference of 1333 meters. Sara Bottarelli from the province of Brescia was able to celebrate her third triumph in the South Tyrolean classic.

Almost 800 mountain runners from 19 different nations didn't want to miss the renowned mountain race in the 3 Zinnen Dolomites region on Saturday, which was held for the first time in 1998.

After the start, which this time took place at 9 a.m. and therefore an hour earlier than usual at Haus Sexten, the Sarner Hannes Perkmann, last year's winner Cesare Maestri from Trentino and the Kenyan Elvis Kipkoech pulled away in the first few kilometers. This trio also reached the valley end hut after less than half an hour (29.12 minutes) and was in the lead.

In the subsequent steep section up to the Zsigmondyhütte, Perkmann was able to pull away and, after a running time of 57.09 minutes, led Maestri by 50 seconds. Kipkoech was in third position, 1.32 minutes behind. Maestri tried to catch up with Perkmann on the final section. But the 30-year-old South Tyrolean didn't let anything go wrong and finally prevailed in 1:27.41 hours.

The men's podium with (from left) Cesare Maestri, Hannes Perkmann and Elvis Kipkoech. © Organizer

After three previous podium finishes, it was not only Perkmann's first victory in the South Tyrol Drei Zinnen Alpine Run, but also the first success of a South Tyrolean in the classic race in the Sesto Dolomites. Maestri reached the finish at 26 meters above sea level 2405 seconds behind Perkmann, while Kipkoech finished the race in 1:31.32.

There is no match against Sara Bottarelli

Like last year, Sara Bottarelli celebrated a start-to-finish victory in the women's race. The 32-year-old Lombard set her pace right from the start and ran a lonely race at the front. The defending champion passed the checkpoint at the end of the valley hut after 33.19 minutes. Her lead over second place – local hero Agnes Tschurtschenthaler from Sexten – was already over two minutes. Ski touring specialist Dimitra Theocharis was in third position with a time of 36.05 minutes.

Sara Bottarelli was unbeatable © Harald Wisthaler

Even on the climb up to the Zsigmondyhütte there was no change in the ranking. Bottarelli reached the refuge at 2224 meters above sea level after 1:09.08 hours, almost three and a half minutes ahead of Tschurtschenthaler and almost five minutes ahead of Theocharis. Bottarelli kept the high pace and finally reached the finish after exactly 1:47.00 hours. The athlete from the province of Brescia was only one second slower than when she won last year.

As was the case 12 months ago, second place went to Tschurtschenthaler, for whom the stopwatch this time stopped after 1:52.39 hours. The podium was completed by Anna Lena Hofer from Dorf Tirol, who was able to overtake Theocharis on the last part of the route. At her premiere, Hofer recorded a time of 1:53.59 hours.

26th South Tyrol Drei Zinnen Alpine Run – results

1. Hannes Perkmann ITA/Atl. Valli Bergamasche Leffe 1:27.41
2. Cesare Maestri ITA/Atl. Valli Bergamasche Nike 1:28.07
3. Elvis Kipkoech KEN/run2gether 1:31.32
4. Timothy Kimutai Kirui KEN/run2gether 1:32.04
5. Alberto Vender ITA/Dinamo – Valchiese 1:32.33

1. Sara Bottarelli ITA/Freezone asd 1:47.00
2. Agnes Tschurtschenthaler ITA/ASV Niederdorf 1:52.39
3. Anna Lena Hofer ITA/SC Merano 1:53.59
4. Dimitra Theocharis ITA/US Malonno 1:55.38
5. Iris De Martin Pinter ITA/Atletica Comelico ASD 2:00.06


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