Vetle Bergsvik Thorn sprints to win European Games

Vetle Bergsvik Thorn takes the day at the European Games (Picture: Triathlon Today)

Norwegian Vetle Bergsvik Thorn has just won the European Games triathlon. He had to sprint to the last meters for it, but claimed a stunning victory.

In the water, it was Dutchman Mitch Kolkman who led the field and eventually finished his 1500 meters after just over nineteen minutes. On the bike, a large peloton then formed – where Kolkman would lose the connection – and remained so until T2.

From then on the differences were made and more and more men fell out of the leading group, mainly thanks to the high running pace. Nevertheless, a group of about six men stayed together until the finish and Thorn had to sprint for the victory. He won the race in 1:46:50, just one second ahead of Shachar Sagiv (ISR) and two seconds ahead of Adrien Briffod (SUI).

The European Games is a continental multi-sport event in the Olympic tradition contested by athletes from European nations and several transcontinental countries. The Games were envisioned and are governed by the European Olympic Committees (EOC), which announced their launch at its 41st General Assembly in Rome, on 8 December 2012.