Jakob Mayer wins in Austria to extend 4TITUDE Challenge lead

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Mayer takes maximum points, while Andrea Mayr wins women’s race.

Returning to its origins in Austria, Red Bull 400 took place in Bischofshofen on August 24 as the Paul-Außerleitner-Schanze played host to the third of four 4TITUDE Challenge events. Here is all you need to know:

– Battling against scorching summer temperatures, 1,800 athletes from 23 nations took part in this gruelling event; each vying to be first to the top of the ski-jumping hill.

– Bischofshofen formed the third leg of the 4TITUDE Challenge where athletes compete against each other in four different Red Bull 400 events across Europe.

– Leading at the halfway mark of the 4TITUDE Challenge, 29-year-old Jakob Mayer was one of the favourites to win this event. Starting steadily at first, he moved his way through the competition until he’d sealed the win in 3m 19s and secured his lead in the overall standings. Jakub Šiarnik of Slovakia and Bischofshofen-local Alexander Brandner-Egger took second and third on the day.

– “The run was great, I’m really happy. It’s always short and tough, but I like that” said Mayer.

– Having won this event three times in a row, Austria’s Andrea Mayr was a clear favourite in the women’s, and she didn’t disappoint. The 39-year-old 2018 Red Bull 400 world champion was once again dominant and outclassed her competition by more than 40 seconds with a time of 3m 52s.

– Second place went to Styrian short-track speed skater Veronika Windisch, while Finnish athlete Mila Koljonen completed the podium.

– Mayr’s win means she’s now tied for third place in the 4TITUDE Challenge alongside Antonella Confortola of Italy and Australia’s Suzy Walsham.

– Mayr said: “I really felt very good from the beginning. Especially in the last part, where the spectators are so close, you feel really motivated. I’m really happy with the race. It’s really a competition that’s a lot of fun and that’s one of the main reasons I participate.”

– The 4TITUDE Challnge season is now set to climax at wraps up with the daunting Planica ski hill in Slovenia on September 14.

4TITUDE Challenge standings after stop two of four:

1. Jakob Mayer AUT 1,190 points
2. Alexander Brandner AUT 1,100
3. Matjaz Miklosa SLO 1,020
4. Martin Koželj SLO 1,000
5. Luka Kovacic SLO 770

1.Martina Wernig AUT 720 points
2. Melanie Mayer AUT 590
3=. Antonella Confortola ITA 400
3=. Suzy Walsham AUS 400
3=. Andrea Mayr AUT 400

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