Challenge Vansbro 2022 results: Lee and Svensson shine in Sweden

Wait proves worthwhile as Brit India Lee and home hope Jesper Svensson take the wins at first-ever edition of Swedish race


Britain’s India Lee and home athlete Jesper Svensson came out on top in the inaugural editon of Challenge Vansbro in Sweden on Sunday.

Pro Women

The global Coronavirus pandemic had delayed the first staging of the event for two years but finally it took place and 34-year-old Lee was to the fore from the start.

She opened up a 2:38 advantage over local favourite Sara Svensk (SWE) in the swim and led from that point onwards.

That was 2:20 after the bike and Lee had extended it to 3:35 when she crossed the line in 4:04:12, with Jenny Nae (SWE) rounding out the podium in third.

Challenge Vansbro extends an excellent month for the Brit, who was a key part of the Sub8 project in the pacing team of Kat Matthews. She showed her individual form was in a good place last week with third place at the IRONMAN 70.3 European Champs in Elsinore, and now adds an individual Challenge win.

Pro men

In the men’s race young debutant Gabriel Sandor (SWE), whose main goal is the Paris Olympics in 2024, gave the more experienced long-distance triathletes a fight for the gold despite a bout of cramp on the bike.

Strongest of the day proved to be Swedish star Svensson who was in a leading group of three after the swim before making the decisive move on the bike, leaving T2 with a near five-minute lead from Sandor.

Ognjen Stojanovic (SRB) produced a strong run to move up to second but he was 3:55 adrift of Svensson’s 3:38:22 when the line came, with Sandor third.

Jesper Svensson challenge vansbro podium 2022 men
Jesper Svensson was the men’s winner at the first-ever Challenge Vansbro

Challenge Vansbro Results 2022

Sunday 3 July 2022 – 1.9km / 90km / 21.1km

Pro Women

  • 1. India Lee (GBR) 4:04:12
  • 2. Sara Svensk (SWE) 4:07:47
  • 3. Jenny Nae (SWE) 4:21:46
  • 4. Shiva Leisner (DEN) 4:22:15
  • 5. Rebecka Forsstrom (SWE) 4:40:24

Pro Men

  • 1. Jesper Svensson (SWE) 3:38:22
  • 2. Ognjen Stojanovic (SRB) 3:42:18
  • 3. Gabriel Sandor (SWE) 3:43:37
  • 4. Benjamin Mark Andersen (DEN) 3:48:00
  • 5. Sebastian Norberg (SWE) 3:49:29
Jonathan Turner
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Jonathan is Editorial Director for TRI247 and RUN247. He was previously Head of Digital / Comms for pro cycling's Team Sky and now spends as much time as he can running with his local club. Swimming is not yet on the radar.
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