Russian Federation takes Winter Triathlon 2XMixed Relay

Photo: World Triathlon/ Tommy Zaferes

Earlier today we shared with you a highlight video and photos from this weekend’s Winter Triathlon World Championship Andorra, but we have one more race to report on from the weekend, the 2XMixed Relay. The race featured the new relay format that World Triathlon will use at all relay events until 2024, with the men starting the race and the women crossing the finish line.

Yesterday’s women’s world champion, Daria Rogozina, claimed another gold medal in Andorra, taking the win with her partner Pavel Andreev, a seven-time world champ who was disqualified in yesterday’s individual race for leaving the penalty box early.

The relay race included a 1.1 km run, a 2.2 km bike and a 2.2 km ski. The men went first, followed by the women, then the men were back on the course again with the women rounding out the four-leg event.

Yesterday’s men’s gold medalist, Franco Pesavento, led the way at the start, but Andreev was able to catch up on the bike. Pesavento handed off to teammate Sandra Mairhofer just ahead of the Russian Federation athletes, but Rogozina managed to pull ahead on the bike and put her team in the lead for good. By the time she tagged off to Andreev she was a minute ahead. In the end they would win in a time of 1:18:29, with Italy taking the silver medal in 1:20:25 and Norway rounding out the podium in 1:21:07.

Norway took the Junior title over the Russian Triathlon Federation and Spain.

You can find results from today’s race here.