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ötillö Swimrun World Series Cannes

18 OCTOBER 2020


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A perfect day set the stage for a very tough race for the front of the pack. This third and COVID – modified edition of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Cannes saw the young French team – Hugo Tormento & Matthieu Poullain, Team ARK Swimrun (FRA) manage to pull away with the win after leading from the first hour winning ahead of Team Salming (SWE). The time difference at the finish was a little more than 5 minutes after more than 44 km of hard racing.

The mixed category had the same scenario with one team pulling away early on. The newly composed team of Guillaume Henneman (FRA) & Desirée Andersson (Current women’s world champion – SWE) – Team Envol/ Gravelines Tri – raced hard winning almost 21 minutes ahead of Team Envol/ VIGOR Ligornetto – Alexis Charrier (FRA) & Sabina Rapelli (SUI). Guillaume and Desirée finished 4th overall.

The womens category saw two Swedish teams chase each other hard for the win. Team Strömgren Pwrd by Wato – Marie Anderzén & Annika Westin won 47 seconds ahead of Team Head swimming/ Primal Coaching – Jenny Ramstedt & Josefine Jangvert (SWE). In third place came Team Marks – Stine Mollebro (DEN) & Therese Österaas (NOR).

The races at ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Cannes had just around 300 racers representing a total of 19 nationalities participating in the three different formats over the weekend. Last year the weekend saw 630 racers representing 32 nations.

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“”We pushed hard from the beginning and managed to hold on to the lead the whole way on this very challenging course. ” said the thrilled winners Hugo Tormento & Matthieu Poullain, Team ARK Swimrun (FRA) after finishing as overall winners in 4:43:09.

The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Cannes World Series course was 44 km long of which 35,5 km were running and 8,5 km were swimming.  The course started in the medieval fort on the Sainte Marguerite Island and then takes the racers to the monastery island of Saint Honorat before returning to Sainte Marguerite, Then a big swim back to the mainland followed. There the course took the racers along La Croisette, up the big hill to La Croix des Gardes before turning back down through the Suquet and the Croisette again. From there the teams went up the brutal train track to the top of La Californie before finishing down in town again. In total eleven runs and ten swims.

The weather has been fantastic all weekend with barely any wind, almost 20 degrees in the water and almost the same in the air.

Several teams had to struggle to make it in time for the three cut offs. Some had to abandon along the way. The top teams pushed each other hard, chasing each other in a tight group in the first two hours before the pace took its toll.

At all ÖTILLÖ swimrun World Series events teams race in pairs. Using each other’s strengths will push boundaries. The team experience is incomparable and is part of why swimrun is growing so fast in popularity.

85 teams of two representing 16 nations were registered to compete in the ÖTILLÖ World Series Cannes, the second qualifier of the year for ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship 2021 in the Swedish archipelago.

The day prior to the race two shorter, more accessible races were organised, the ÖTILLÖ Sprint and ÖTILLÖ Experience, offering the same flavours as the longer, more challenging race but in a smaller format.

Six top teams at ÖTILLÖ Cannes qualify to ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship 2021 on September 6th, 2021 in the Stockholm Archipelago; top 2 men, top 2 mixed, top 2 women.

Top 3 results ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Cannes, October 18th, 2020


  1. Hugo Tormento & Matthieu Poullain (FRA) Team ARK Swimrun – winner photo:
  2. Alexander Berggren & Max Andersson (SWE) Team Salming
  3. Nicolas Remires (FRA) & Francesc de Lanuza (ESP) Team Envol


  1.  Guillaume Henneman (FRA) & Desirée Andersson (SWE), Team Envol/ Gravelines Tri   – Winner photo :
  2. Alexis Charrier (FRA) & Sabina Rapelli (SUI), Team Envol/ VIGOR Ligornetto
  3. Christel Robin & Renaud Cadiere (FRA), Christel Robin Body & Mind


  1. Marie Anderzen & Annika Westin (SWE) Team Strömgren pwrd by Wato  – Winner Photo:
  2. Jenny Ramstedt & Josefine Jangvert (SWE), Team Head Swimming/ Primalcoaching
  3. Stine Möllebro (DEN) & Therese Österaas (NOR), Team Marks

Complete results list here:
Website here:
A video highlight for web use will be uploaded on Monday, 26 October here:


On Saturday, October 17th we hosted several shorter races to make the sport accessible to more people and to let newcomers experience the beauty of swimrun.

The EXPERIENCE distance is 7,3 km with 4 swim sections totalling 1900 metres. This race distance you can either do in teams of two or solo.

The SPRINT eludes to the distance and not to the speed. It is a total of 16,1km with 6 swim sections totalling 3600 metres. This race distance you can either do in teams of two or solo.

We had close to 175 persons representing 17 nations signed up for these beautiful tastes of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun.

On Sunday, October 18th we hosted the WORLD SERIES event which acts as a Qualifier to the World Championship and where teams can collect ranking points. The World Series race you can only do in a team of two and it is the most prestigeous event in France.

We had 170 persons signed up for the World Series.


ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Cannes is part of the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series and a qualifier to ÖTILLÖ, the Swimrun World Championship in the Swedish archipelago.

At each World Series event an EXPERIENCE & SPRINT race is organised the day before.


15th edition on September 6th, 2021
160 teams from all over the world.
75 km over and between 24 islands in the Stockholm Archipelago. Renowned as one of the toughest one-day races in the world (CNN 2012)


Official images here:
(please credit photographer / ÖTILLÖ)

On October 26th you will find the Official Video here:


News cuts and a shot list here:


Swimrun is one of the fastest growing endurance sports in the world where you alternate trail running and open water swimming on a marked course.

ÖTILLÖ started in 2006, it is the leading brand and the origin of the sport.

ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship (ÖTILLÖ meaning island to island in Swedish) is the original swimrun race, renowned as one of the toughest one-day races in the world.


ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series Cannes
Michael Lemmel,  +46 735 25 97 02

ÖTILLÖ,The Swimrun World Championship
Josefine Ås,, +33 6 79 04 23 46

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