Over the weekend winter triathletes were in Andorra to compete in the World Triathlon Winter Championships, a triathlon consisting of running, biking and cross country skiing. Both individual and relay world titles were up for grabs over the weekend as the Northern Scandinavian country of Norway became very familiar with the top step of the podium. Norway won both the elite and junior 2×2 mixed relay, in addition to taking the elite men’s title and both the junior titles.
It was Han’s Christian Tungesvik who took the top honours in the Elite mens event and followed that up with fellow Norwegian Elisabeth Sveum to win the 2×2 mixed relay. The pair was able to negative split the entire way through the race with Tungesvik’s posting the fastest split of the day on the last leg to put his team in contention for the win. Recently crowned world champ Sandra Mairhofer of Italy would have to settle for silver with teammate Giuseppe Lamastra as the team came in over a minute behind the team from Norway. The Russian pair of Anna Medvedeva and Evgenii Uliashev rounded out the podium.
The individual Junior races saw complete dominance by Norway as the country took the top two places on both the mens and women’s fields. This dominance continued into the relays as both junior gold medalists and silver medalists paired up respectively to take on the mixed relay. It was Sivert Ekroll beating out fellow countryman Casper Ronning on the men’s side while Julie Meinicke beat out Theresa Furstenberg on the women’s side to complete an impressive feat by Norway. The Junior relay saw world champions Sivert Ekroll and Julie Meinicke win by over 8 minutes ahead of Russia and 12 over Spain. While a mixed relay rule stipulates only one team from each country can be in the final results the Junior relay saw the second Norwegian team only three seconds behind the winners.