Eritrea’s Abraham Kidane was the victor at the Asitzgipfelberglauf in the Austrian municipality of Leogang on Sunday (6). Many of the world’s top mountain runners had chosen the fourth WMRA World Cup race as their final test before the World Mountain Running Championships.
Athletes from 20 countries took part in what proved to be one of the strongest fields in the World Cup series.
As is often the case, athletes from Kenya, Eritrea and Morocco started off fast.
Eventual leaders Abraham Kidane and compatriot Petro Mamo were close throughout the race, but ultimately the experienced Kidane was stronger and took the win in 38:29.
Petro Mamo, the 2014 winner and course record-holder, finished second, just one second behind.
Leading results (MEN)
1 Abraham Kidane (ERI) 38:29
2 Petro Mamo (ERI) 38:30
3 Francis Wangari (KEN) 39:23
4 Yosief Tekle (ERI) 39:26
5 Robbie Simpson (GBR) 39:38