With maps and compasses in hand, the party and the revelry of Orienteering took care of the forests of Viseu. On Carnival Sunday, Baptiste Rollier and Kristin Löfgren were King and Queen.
The greatest Foot Orienteering race in Portugal returned to the forests of Sra. do Crasto for a particularly emotional Medium Distance course. The details of the terrain combined with a demanding course, were a real puzzle for close to two thousand participants.
In the Men Elite, Baptiste Rollier (Switzerland) was strongest than the concurrence, racing the 5.2 km of his course in 30:48. Behind him were his teammates Daniel Hubmann (32:20) and Martin Hubmann with 32:46. Big favorite to the victory of this POM, the French Thierry Gueorgiou today was not beyond the 6th position, while Joaquim Sousa (COC) was the best Portuguese in a very creditable 16th place.
The Swedish Kristin Löfgren was the surprising winner of the Women Elite class, completing her course of 4.0 km at the time of 34:45. Lena Eliasson (Sweden) and Sara Luscher (Switzerland) finished in the immediate positions, respectively with 35:50 and 37:02. Like yesterday, Andreia Silva (COC) was the best portuguese athlete.
1 Baptiste Rollier (Swiss Orienteering Team) 30:48
2nd Daniel Hubmann (Swiss Orienteering Team) 32:20
3 Martin Hubmann (Swiss Orienteering Team) 32:46
4 Oleksander Kratov (Orievents Team) 33:03
5th Severin Howald (Swiss Orienteering Team) 33:23
1 Kristin Löfgren (OK Kolmårde) 34:45
2 Lena Eliasson (Domnarvets GoIF) 35:50
3 Sara Lucher (Swiss Orienteering Team) 37:02
4 Annika Billstam (OK Linné) 38:16
5 Vroni Konig-Salmi (Swiss Orienteering Team) 38:51
Trail-O Cup met the first winners
In the afternoon, the Orienteering caravan moved to the center of the city of Viseu where was ran the opening stage of the Portugal Trail-O Cup. Diana Coelho (Baião High School) made history by winning the competition in the Paralympic class. Behind her were Ricardo Pinto and Ana Paula Marques, both from Prelada's Hospital (Oporto). In the Open Class, with 75 participantes, Vetle Ruud Braten (IFK Goteborg), Antonia Holper (Pannonian Allstars) and Thomas Sochor (Individual CZE) took the three positions on the lead. There was still room for a demonstration of Adapted Orienteering which was attended by 40 participants.
The Portugal O' Meeting says goodbye to Viseu and heads Satão, where tomorrow will take place the most awaited stage of the event. Counting for the World Ranking, the Middle Distance race will put face to face, once again, the best Orienteers in the world.
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