Hovda and Pettersen take Norseman Xtreme Triathlon

Allan Hovda took his third title while Mette Petersen set a new course record, giving Norway two champions at the iconic Norseman Xtreme Triathlon.

| August 6, 2018 | NEWS

Allan Hovda takes his third Norseman Xtreme Triathlon.

Allan Hovda takes his third Norseman Xtreme Triathlon.

Photo >José Luis Hourcade

The 16th edition of the Norseman Extreme featured a pair of Norwegian champions as Allan Hovda took his third title, reaching the finish at the top of Gaustatoppen  in 10:05:48. Ten minutes later the final two spots on the podium were figured out as fellow Norwegians Kjell Magnus Antonsen (10:15:35) and Lars Christian Vold (10:16:32) crossed the line less than a minute apart.

Eirik Ravnan was the first to climb out of the 15 degree C water and led the race on the bike for a long time, but wasn't able to hold off the charge from Hovda and the rest, eventually finishing 27th.

In the women's race Norway's Mette Pettersen (11:16:10) won the race ahead of Finland's Heini Hartikainen Great Britain's Flora Colledge. Pettersen dominated the race from the beginning and was the fastest athlete both in the water and over the 180 km bike course. Pettersen broke Norway's Anne Nevin's 2017 course record by almost 50 minutes.