Albert Askengren was born in 1995 on Gotland, the largest isle of the Baltic sea. He was active in many sports as a kid, such as ice hockey, karting, shooting sports, orienteering and cross-country skiing. But at the age of 15, when high school was around the corner, Albert chose biathlon and moved to Boden in the very north of Sweden to pursue an sportsman career.
He continued to race for about 10 years in both biathlon and cross-country skiing at the highest national level in Sweden, and made a few appearances in larger Scandinavian competitions. Even if some results during the last two years as a junior looked promising his senior career never really took of and the step up to the level of the best in Sweden was a bit too big.
During the summer training season in 2016 Albert took part in an Olympic distance race in Stockholm and this was the first time he had ever come in contact with triathlon. The following year he returned and finished with a strong time of 2h07m. He had practised open water swimming twice in advance, he cycled on a low-priced road bike in this non-drafting race and finished the 10k in 38 minutes. At this point a seed was planted and Albert then decided to try an Ironman 70.3 in the following year. Ironman 70.3 Jönköping 2018 was the venue for his first middle-distance race, and on his first try he came second in his age group and qualified for the World Championship in Nice. Unfortunately, he could not receive his slot (because this result was very unexpected, and the travel home was already booked...) but decided to give it another go the following summer. After completing another biathlon season, and heading into the summer of 2019, Albert headed to Ironman 70.3 Lahti with the intention to grab a slot to the WC in Nice. He had a tough race, and really struggled on the bike and almost gave up the hopes of qualifying but he managed to pick some places on the run and finished second again, and so he just managed to grab the desired slot!
After completing the 70.3 World Championship in Nice 2019 Albert saw his potential in triathlon, and with his biathlon career moving forward very slowly after a couple of years as a senior he decided to switch from being a winter athlete to a summer athlete and so his career in triathlon began. Then for the following year the COVID-19 pandemic hit and racing came to a halt and delayed his appearance on the triathlon scene.
Albert moved to Umeå for university studies in 2016, and started training with his current triathlon group Team Nordprotekt in 2021, led by experienced coach Barry Whyte. Since Albert has no swimming background he has struggled on his own previously but since joining the team he has made big improvements, Together with coach Barry he continues to train with his teammates and is now focusing a lot of his running technique as well to increase his run speed in both short distance and middle distance races, while still emphasing his swim training to become a strong enough swimmer to race some European Cups in short distance.
The biggest moment in his career came when he became the overall winner of Ironman 70.3 Jönköping during the autumn of 2021. This breakthrough made him take the decision to become PRO and in 2022 he made his debut professional season racing in Lanzarote, Marbella, Elsinore and the European Championship in Bilbao. His best results from his first year was a 10:th place in MPRO at Marbella 70.3 and finishing 12:th in men's elite at the Nordic Championships in Sprint (in Linköping). He also finished 12:th at the European Championship in Bilbao.
Albert's longterm goal is to race internationally short distance competitions and also proving himself on the middle distance scene. His aim is to step up on a middle distance podium and qualifying for a world championship. In some years he plans to race more full distance races, but for now he focuses more on short and middle distance racing.