ÖTILLÖ World Championship 2019: The teams to beat

Aug 23, 2019

Jakob Edholm

On September 2, 160 teams will swimrun 75 kilometres across 24 islands during the punishing dawn to dusk ÖTILLÖ World Championship.

“ÖTILLÖ 2019 will be the tightest racing until date,” says Michael Lemmel. “All the top teams have had one more year to train and prepare, becoming even better swimrunners. It’ll be very hard to predict the outcome.”

The Men’s teams will be “a hornet’s nest” between the World Champs ARK Swimrun, Sailfish Team Bröderna Bäver, o2Extreme Team/hives.co, Team ATG Sport and Team Simployer. Keep an eye also on outsiders Team Multisport.fi and Team Envol.

The Mixed category, “also a hornet’s nest”, some teams will try to keep pace with the Men’s teams for as long as possible: World Champs Thule Crew/ Wolffwear HEAD SR team, Team Garmin, ARK Swimrun and Say No To Doping.

In the Women’s division, it will be “a tight match” between favourites Fanny Danckwardt and Desirée Andersson and Susie Moonan and Anna Hellström, all racing as Team Envol. They will be chased by Team ARKSouls Addnature while outsiders Head Swimming (also part of Team Envol) and Team Garmin push to the end.

Maria Rohman and Adriel Young will be reporting live from the field on Monday, September 2nd, 05:50 CET. Watch on otilloswimrun.com/live

Article first published August 2019.

More magazine articles

ÖTILLÖ women take off

ÖTILLÖ women take off

There was a 30.5% spike in women racing at ÖTILLÖ events from 2017 to 2018. And with world champs Annika Ericsson and Kristin Larsson not defending their title this year, expect some formidable performances in the Women’s division next week at ÖTILLÖ.

The Sprint Final 15: Swimrun’s Hall of Fame

The Sprint Final 15: Swimrun’s Hall of Fame

Hollywood has its Walk of Fame, Cleveland has its Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and ÖTILLÖ has its Final 15 – an open-air museum where you can follow in the footsteps of swimrun legends who’ve battled their way along this last 15 kilometers of the ÖTILLÖ World Championship course for the past 14 years.

Lido of the pack: urban swimrun adventure in London

Lido of the pack: urban swimrun adventure in London

Phillip Benns admits it’s tough to capture the spirit of swimrun training in London. So he got a little creative with a London lido swimrun challenge and brought a couple of friends along for the ride.

The Swimrun Chameleon

The Swimrun Chameleon

Annika Ericsson is a five-time ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Champion, winning the title more than any other racer in any other category. She also has a slew of first place wins in both the Women’s and Mixed categories.

Kickboxing world champ dives into swimrun

Kickboxing world champ dives into swimrun

By all means, Fanny Josefine should be in a stable or the boxing ring but instead, this world cup gold kickboxing champion is saddling up with paddles and a pullbuoy as Team Lost.

International partners
  • Vivo Barefoot
  • ARK Swimrun
  • Mr Green