Preview: 2011 Jamijarvi ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships

by Masa Takaya on 22 Mar, 2011 10:38 • Español

While the ITU Triathlon World Cup Series is just getting started down under, the Winter Triathlon season is about to reach its peak in snowy Scandinavia with the 2011 ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships. The World Championships in Jämijärvi, Finland are the climax of the Winter Triathlon series, which has been running over the Northern Hemisphere winter. The event is the first time that Finland will host an ITU World Championship event.


OPEN SLATHER FOR WOMEN – The Women’s field is set to be close, with 14 of the world’s best winter triathletes to line-up at the start. Sarka Grabmullerova (CZE) is currently ranked as the top ITU Winter Triathlon World Cup athlete, but it was Norway’s Borghild Lovset ranked second, who beat Grabmullerova to the line for gold in last weekend’s 2011 Ostersund ETU Winter Triathlon European Championships. It wasn’t a small margin either, Grabmullerova won by 1minute35 seconds. Other contenders will be Tatiana Charochkina (RUS), who finished in third at the European Championships last week, and Giuliana Lamastra (ITA), who is ranked eighth in the world cup standings.  But don’t discount the non-Europeans in the field, particularly after last year’s result when American Rebecca Dussault became the first non-European women in win a Winter Tri world title.

SVANEBO THE MAN TO BEAT – Reigning men’s champion Andreas Svanebo of Sweden, who ended Norway’s four-year run of world title wins last year, is currently ranked first in the ITU Winter Triathlon World Cup series. But Russian Pavel Andreev is hitting form at exactly the right time, he beat Svanebo to the line by 40seconds to win last weekend’s European title.  Others to watch include two-time World Champion Sigi Bauer (AUT), ranked second in the overall standings, and 2009 bronze medalist Daniel Antonioli (ITA), currently ranked fourth.  Bauer is an accomplished multidiscipline triathlete, he also competed in the 2009 and 2010 ITU Duathlon World Championships. Bauer won his two Winter Triathlon world titles in 2004 and 2005. A total of 25 athletes are expected to compete for world Winter Tri men’s title.


Winter Triathlon is a multi-discipline winter sport composed of running, mountain biking and cross country skiing - all on snow.  Course distances are set on the day to achieve a winning time of around 80-90 minutes, after taking into account the geography and the snow conditions.  The 2011 ITU World Championships will be decided across a 6km Run, 11.4km Mountain Bike and 10km Cross Country Ski.

ITU has been long committed to the development of the Winter Triathlon.  Athletes are vying for a bonus pool of $10,000 USD at this end of the series.  For European athletes competing in European Cups, an additional 5,000 EUR bonus pool is up for grabs.  Inclusion of Winter Triathlon in the Winter Olympic Games programme is ITU’s long-term dream and showing it’s importance to the federation, ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado will attend the event this weekend.

Competition Schedule:

  • Elite Men: 10:00 a.m. Saturday, 26 March 2011
  • Elite Women: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, 26 March 2011

Elite Race Format:

  • 6k Run, 11.4k Mountain Bike and 10k Cross Country Ski

Start List:

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ITU Winter Triathlon World Champions (1997-2010)

13-14 February, 2010
Eidsvoll, Norway
Andreas Svanebo (SWE)Rebecca Dussault (USA)
13-15 February, 2009
Gaishorn, Austria
Tor Halvor Bjornstad (NOR)Carina Wasle (AUT)
23-24 February, 2008
Freudenstadt, Germany
Arne Post (NOR)Sigrid Mutscheller (GER)
3-4 March, 2007
Flassin, Italy
Arne Post (NOR)Sigrid Mutscheller (GER)
25-26 March
2006 Sjusjoen, Norway
Benjamin Sonntag (GER)Sigrid Lang (GER)
5-6 March, 2005
Strbske Pleso, Slovakia
Sigi Bauer (AUT)Sigrid Lang (GER)
13-14  March, 2004
Wildhaus, Switzerland
Sigi Bauer (AUT)Sigrid Lang (GER)
15-16 February, 2003
Oberstaufen, Germany
Benjamin Sonntag (GER)Marianne Vlasveld (NED)
24 February, 2002
Brusson, Italy
Marc Ruhe (LIE)Marianne Vlasveld (NED)
24-25 March, 2001
Lenzerheide, Switzerland
Zibi Slufcik (GER)Sigrid Lang (GER)
4 March, 2000
Jaca, Spain
Nicolas Lebrun (FRA)Karin Moebes (SUI)
14 March, 1999
Bardonecchia, Italy
Nicolas Lebrun (FRA)Maria Canins (ITA)
29 March, 1998
Les Menuires, France
Paulo Riva (ITA)Karin Moebes (SUI)
23 March, 1997
Malls, Italy
Paulo Riva (ITA)Maria Canins (ITA)

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26 Mar, 2011 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Pavel Andreev RUS 01:10:31
2. Arne Post NOR 01:10:37
3. Andreas Svanebo SWE 01:10:50
4. Maxim Kuzmin RUS 01:10:57
5. Daniel Antonioli ITA 01:10:58
Results: Elite Women
1. Borghild Løvset NOR 01:22:02
2. Sarka Grabmullerova CZE 01:24:35
3. Maija Oravamäki FIN 01:25:25
4. Yulia Surikova RUS 01:25:57
5. Eva Skalnikova CZE 01:26:00
Results: U23 Men
1. Maxim Kuzmin RUS 01:10:57
2. Michael Obrist ITA 01:13:02
3. Carl-Fredrik Hagen NOR 01:13:54
4. Felix Waldhuber AUT 01:15:22
5. Evgeny Bayguzov RUS 01:16:53
Results: U23 Women
1. Margarita Ovsyannikova RUS 01:26:45
2. Romana Slavinec AUT 01:29:18
3. Tatiana Glukhova RUS 01:34:01
4. Diana Nevenchenko RUS 01:36:54
5. Kairi Schmidt EST 01:40:45
Results: Elite Men's Team
1. Team I Russia RUS 03:34:04
2. Team I Norway NOR 03:37:00
3. Team I Austria AUT 03:38:44
4. Team I Italy ITA 03:40:21
5. Team I Finland FIN 04:03:21
Results: Elite Women's Team
1. Team I Russia RUS 04:19:25
2. Team I Finland FIN 04:43:26
Results: Junior Men
1. Pavel Yakimov RUS 00:47:34
2. Alexey Chumakov RUS 00:48:02
3. Jarno Lehtinen FIN 00:49:44
4. Davide Cheraz ITA 00:50:40
5. Vasiliy Vinogradov RUS 00:51:41
Results: Junior Women
1. Aneta Grabmuller Soldati CZE 00:55:49
2. Alla Rumyatseva RUS 00:59:47
3. Karoliina Kolari FIN 01:03:47
4. Sandra Schmidt EST 01:04:13
5. Emmi Paukku FIN 01:07:37
Results: Junior Men Team
1. Team I Russia RUS 02:27:17
Results: Junior Women Team
1. Team I Russia RUS 03:35:23
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