Pesavento and Medvedeva take inaugural Winter Duathlon World Champs

Italy’s Franco Pesavento ran away from the field during the first of three runs and stayed clear during the ski portions of the inaugural World Triathlon Winter Duathlon Championships Andorra, while the Russian Triathlon Federation’s Anna Medvedeva was dominant on the run and the skis as she took the women’s elite title today.

Medvedeva took the silver medal the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships in 2020, and finished second again last year in Andorra, so it comes as no surprise that she would be at the top of the podium in today’s race. On the first run she opened up a lead of 45 seconds on Norway’s One Skjellum and never looked back, pulling steadily further away from the rest of the field and eventually taking the win in 2:05:30. Skjellum would take second (2:10:03), with Romania’s Maria Luisa Rasin rounding out the podium in 2:14:13.

Pesavento was also dominant on the first run, finishing that 42 seconds ahead of Romania’s Viorel Palici. Palici was the faster skier of the pair, but Pesavento was so dominant on the run the he was able to stay well clear and take the win by over two minutes, finishing in 1:46:12. Palici would remain in second (1:48:21), with Norway’s Hans Christian Tungsvik rounding out the podium in 1:49:19.

Italy’s Mattia Tanara took the men’s U23 title in 1:52:30, while Norway’s Julie Meinicke won the U23 women’s title in 2:16:23.

You can find results from today’s race here.