Florian Schneider and Heidi Mårtensson were major figures today at JWOC 2013, by taking the titles of Sprint in their respective class. Dominating the two previous finals, Sweden stay out the medals.
With a time of 14:35 for 2.400 meters of distance, the Swiss Florian Schneider was crowned Junior World champion today in Sprint distance. The race took place in the historic centre of Hradec Králové, the city that hosts the event until tomorrow, and saw classified in second position, just 4 seconds behind the winner, the Czech Michal Hubáček, while the third place went to New Zealander Tim Robertson, 12 seconds after Schneider. Florian Schneider reaches thus its second medal in these Championships, having achieved the second place in the final of Long Distance last Monday. A title particularly tasty for the Swiss team, reissuing four years after the victory of the current leader of the IOF's World Ranking, Matthias Kyburz.
In the women's sector, it was with some surprise that witnessed the victory of Norwegian Heidi Mårtensson, especially after the faltering entry on this JWOC (45th place in the Long Distance and a B final in the Middle Distance, where she would be disqualified). But today was definitely her day and the 14:33 to complete the 2.100 meters of the course speaks for itself. Only 12 seconds away, the Danish Nikoline Friberg Klysner was second, while the third position went to Anastasia Denisova, 15 seconds then the winner. Denisova reaching by her own right, a place in the history of JWOC, offering to Belarus its first medal ever in JWOC. Lisa Risby, the Swedish athlete that was giving the note of sensation in the first half part of this JWOC, with a gold medal and one silver medal won so far, was disqualified.
A note to the three Portuguese presents, with quite identical results achieved, in either case in the first half of the table. Rafael Miguel was the 75th overall with a time of 16:40, Vera Alvarez finished in 67th place with a record of 17:01 and Rita Rodrigues held the immediately position with 4 seconds more than her compatriot. A word on the 22th place of Spanish Eduardo Gil Marcos, 59 seconds then the winner.
Tomorrow the JWOC ends with the Relay race. Everything to follow in http://www.jwoc2013.cz/.