The 11th SkiErg World Sprints took place November 8-11. Over 2000 people from 34 countries competed in our 1000m virtual festival of the SkiErg.
Six world records were set (highlighted in bold below), and the fastest man and woman in the world both set new marks. For the men, Phil Clapp from Great Britain set a time of 2:49.0 to win the Men's 19-29 age group. The performance of the SkiErg Sprints, however, arguably came from the second fastest man, when Marius Tyrdal Sandmael (Norway) pulled a 2:50.5 to take nearly three seconds off his own Men's 40-49 age group record. The most dominant winner was probably Australia's Kate Hilliard. Not only did she break her own 19-29 Women's age group record with a time of 3:20.0, she was over 8 seconds faster than the next overall woman. Age group winners and top times in each adaptive category will each receive engraved cowbells to recognize their achievement.
Age Group Winners
- 12 & under: Sadie Bell (USA), 4:40.1
- 13–18: Dixie Flesher (USA), 3:44.1
- 19–29: Kate Hilliard (AUS) 3:20.0
- 30–39: Anna Muehle (GER), 3:36.4
- 40–49: Julie Morrow (USA), 3:41.8
- 50–59: Anne Bourlioux (CAN), 3:55.4
- 60–69: Ellen Pazdzior (CAN), 4:14.6
- 70–79 Joanne Marriott (USA), 4:54.8
Adaptive Women Seated
- Margaret McIntosh (USA), 8:32.0
Adaptive Women Standing
- Beth Kase (USA), 5:14.0
- 12 & under: Joe Wiseman (USA), 4:24.6
- 13–18: Simon Giasson (CAN), 3:21.8
- 19–29: Phil Clapp (GBR), 2:49.0
- 30–39: Justin Farina (CAN), 2:54.5
- 40–49: Marius Tyrdal Sandmael (NOR), 2:50.5
- 50–59: Paul Jeffrey (AUS), 3:04.1
- 60–69: Erick Sokn (USA), 3:08.8
- 70–79: Olaf Ellefsen (NOR), 3:42.1
- 80–89: George Hall (USA), 4:33.1
Adaptive Men Seated
- Scott Meenagh (GBR), 3:42.4
Adaptive Men Standing
- Johan van Etten (NED), 3:25.3
Adaptive Men Visually Impaired
- Milan Lackovič (SVK), 3:14.6
Every year we raffle off a new SkiErg, drawing a name from all the teams or clubs with 30 or more competitors. This year’s lucky winner is CrossFit Mt Juliet in Tennessee. Congratulations!
Thinking of joining the fun next year? It’s not too soon to start training for the 2019 SkiErg Sprints, November 7-10. We even provide a training plan for beginners.
Remember that you don’t have to wait for a race to enter your best times in your Online Logbook and add them to the Rankings. If you fancy taking part in the indoor rowing version, the next World Rowing Indoor Sprints takes place March 6-10, 2019.