To their triumphs in the men’s and women’s competition, the Norwegian team added victory in the mixed relay. Second place went to Great Britain and third place to Hungary. The Polish team took 12th place.
The triathletes competed in Kraków’s Nowa Huta district. They swam in the Nowa Huta Lake, and rode and ran on the surrounding streets, as well as on the tartan of the MOS Krakow East stadium. In the relay competition, each member had to swim 300 metres, cycle 5 km and run 1500 m. The best took just over 15 minutes.
Emotions were running high and the lead changed several times during the changeover. Unlucky for the German and Swiss teams was a crash while cycling. – The Germans were one of the favourites, and this crash deprived them of their chances for a medal,” said Magda Sudak from the Polish national team.
As a result, after a thrilling finish, Norway’s Solveig Lovseth crossed the finish line first and together with Begsvik Vetle Thorn, Lotte Moiler and Casper Stornes took gold. Four seconds behind them was Great Britain (Barclay Izzard, Sophie Alden, Connor Bentely and Sian Rainsley). Hungary (Gergely Kiss, Zsanett Bragmayer, Gergo Dobi, Marta Kropko) finished seven seconds behind. The Polish team consisting of Sudak, Michał Oliwa, Maciej Bruzdziak, Józefina Młynarska finished 12th. They lost one minute and 57 seconds to the winners. – Michał did very well. My swimming didn’t go well and my rivals started to run away from me,” admitted Sudak.
Nowa Huta proved very hospitable to the Norwegians. Lovseth won the women’s competition, Thorn the men’s, and the whole team proved to be the best in the mixed relay.