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1. Daniel Hansson (SWE) and Jesper Svensson (SWE) / Team Swedish Armed Forces / 7:58:06 *
2. Jonas Ekman (SWE) and Lars Ekman (SWE) / Sailfish team Bröderna Bäver / 8:06:40
3. Oscar Olsson (SWE) and Martin Flinta (SWE) / Team Löplabbet / 08:07:40
7. David Hauss (FRA) and Cederic Fleureton (FRA) / TEAM FRANCE / 8:40:21
The defending champions led all day and initially were mostly challenged by the Swimrunshop.com team of Diane Sadik (SUI) and Rickard Berglund (SWE) and the Garmin team of Michelle Nyström (SWE) and Erik Fridolf (SWE) with the 2015 winning Apollo Sports team of Staffan Björklund and Marika Wagner dropping further and further back. At one point Björklund and Wagner were 16:51 behind, but in the second half of the race they found supreme speed and caught Sadik and Berglund for second place, with the Garmin team having dropped out already. They were now focused on chasing down the leading defending team, but Eva Nyström and Adriel Young hung tough and crossed the finish after a 9 hour day 38 seconds ahead of runner-ups Björklund and Wagner.
"I’ve never seen someone dig in so deep," said Adriel Young of his teammate [who apparently has not been able to run over the last four weeks due to injury] "We had no tactic. The tether is like an umbilical cord and talk to each other through it."
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Top mixed teams
1. Eva Nyström (SWE) and Adriel Young (AUS) / Thule Crew/Trispot.se / 9:01:31
2. Marika Wagner (SWE) and Staffan Björklund (SWE) / Apollo Sports / Head Swimming / 9:02:09
3. Diane Sadik (SUI) and Rickard Berglund (SWE) / Swimrunshop.com / 9:08:52
Kristin Larsson (SWE) and Annika Ericsson (SWE) have won many races together including one event where took the overall win. In this event they were the clear favorites and were never really challenged. In the end they finished 40 minutes ahead of the next team.
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Top female teams
1. Kristin Larsson (SWE) and Annika Ericsson (SWE) / Team Addnature/Campz / 10:03:32
2. Fanny Danckwardt (SWE) and Sarah Hansson (SWE) / Team Orca Women / 10:49:14
3. Camilla Landén (SWE) and Lina Byman (SWE) / Trispot’s Triathleter / 11:03:05
All images © Jakob Edholm / ÖTILLÖ 2017