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In the mixed division, former long distance duathlon world champion Eva Nyström (SWE) had partnered up with Australian Adriel Young, who is a very accomplished long course triathlete. On paper they were very strong but they had no expectations going in, plus there was plenty of tough competition including but not limited to defending champion team Staffan Björklund and Marika Wagner of Apollo Sports/ HEAD Swimming. But the Thule Adventure Team of Young and Nyström had a great start and never really looked back.Björklund and Wagner chased hard but could not gain the time back they lost early on. When it was all set and done Young and Nyström beat the old course record by about 5 minutes in 8:49:58, but were surprised that they were done and placed so well.
"I just had a baby. We have never participated before, and we had no expectations. We thought we had an hour left when we got to Utö, we did not know where we were, so when we reached the finish line I just couldn't believe it,” said Nyström.
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In the women's race Kristin Larsson and Annika Eriksson of Team Addnature completely destroyed the previous best time by almost an hour and finished this race in 9:32:03. They took the lead at the start and steadily pulled away with great team work and very smooth transitions.
“We pushed hard all the way. We just had great team work during the entire race taking advantage of each other’s strengths. When we heard the other women teams were getting closer we decided to go even harder,“ said Larsson.
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ÖTILLÖ The Swimrun World Championship 2016
1. Lelle Moberg (SWE) / Daniel Hansson (SWE) Swedish Armed Forces 7:59:04
2. Paul Krochak (CAN) / Oscar Olsson (SWE) Team Head Swimming 8:07:57
3. Fredrik Axegård (SWE) / Alex Flores (SWE) Team Runfast 77 8:16:49
4. Nicolas Remires (FRA) / Pontus Lindberg (SWE) Envol powered by swimrunshop.com 8:22:18
5. Jonas Ekman (SWE) / Lars Ekman (SWE) Olanderswim.se 8:28:15
9. Fraser Cartmell (GBR) / Andrew Fargus (GBR) Caledonia 8:57:21
15. Faris Al-Sultan (GER) / Peter Oom (SWE) Old Tribaers 9:18:01
33. Lars Finanger (USA) / David Thompson (USA) Valhalla Racing 9:58:40
1. Eva Nyström (SWE) and Adriel Young (AUS), Thule Adventure Team 8:49:58
2. Staffan Björklund (SWE) / Marika Wagner (SWE) Apollo Sports/Head Swimming 9:09:52
3. Diane Sadik (SWE) / Rickard Berglund (SWE) Swimrunshop.com 9:20:14
4. Fanny Danckwardt-Lillieström (SWE) / Pär Kristoffersson (SWE) Team Orca 9:32:38
5. Fredrik Nilsson (SWE) / Stina Svensson (SWE) Hofet goes swimming 9:35:34
1. Kristin Larsson (SWE) / Annika Ericsson (SWE) Addnature 9:32:03
2. Ulrika Eriksson (SWE) / Helena Sivertsson (SWE) Team Icebug 9:44:41
3. Bibben Nordblom (SWE) / Maja Tesch (SWE) Team Head Swimming 9:48:01
4. Christine Andersen (SWE) / Johanna Wallensten (SWE) Team Ultraswimrun 10:33:47
5. Maria Söderström (FIN) / Henrika Malmström (FIN) Porkkala Swimrun-Finland 10:36:32
8. Sara Mc Larty (USA) / Misty Becerra (USA) Good 'Nuff 10:53:37