Monday, July 01, 2013

JWOC 2013: Parfianowicz and Risby start with the right foot

With the victories of Piotr Parfianowicz and Lisa Risby is closed the first day of the JWOC 2013, event that, throughout the week, will attract the attention of the orienteering international community. A first clash that saw also Rafael Miguel finish the race in the first half of the table.

The Junior World Orienteering Championships JWOC 2013 started today in Odolov with the Long Distance race. A test with a distance of 7.1 km for female class and 9.9 km for male class, tremendously hilly and a high quality test, both of technical and physical capabilities of the 316 athletes lined up at start.

The Polish Piotr Parfianowicz was the big winner of the men's competition, dominating from start to finish and fulfilling his course in 1:09:21. A particularly tasty victory, 19 years after Robert Banach, "playing at home" in the Gdynia's World Champs, have also reached the gold medal in the Long Distance race. Parfianowicz took his second victory in a JWOC race, after the triumph in 2011 (Rumia-Wehjerowo, Poland), in the Relay, alongside Rafal Podzinski and Michal Olejnik.

After a season marked by injuries, the Swiss Florian Schneider took the second position with a time of 1:10:37, while the third place fell to Russian Andrey Kozyrev, who spent more 2:23 than the winner. Looking to the classification, we can realize in fourth the Norwegian Borger Melsom with more 2:32 than Parfianowicz (Norway reached the gold in Long Distance in the previous two editions of JWOC). The first Czech athlete was Michal Hubacek in 11th place with a score of 1:14:28 and the first non-European was the New Zealander Nick Hann, who fulfilled his race in 14th place with a time of 1:15:04. Rafael Miguel (Portugal) concludes in 81 th place with a time of 1:25:34, almost closing the first half of the table which included a total of 169 athletes.

Tight victory for Risby

In the women's class, Sweden was a great emphasis on reaching the top two positions by Lisa Risby and Sara Hagström, respectively. Despite the six silver medals and four bronze won by the nordic country at the Long Distance race in the previous 23 editions, just once Sweden had reached the gold. It was in 2008 (Göteborg, Sweden), when Jenny Lönnkvist won against his compatriot Beata Falk. Now Lisa Risby and Sara Hagström reach the same feat, the first with a time of 1:00:42, against 1:01:29 to the second place.

The triumph of Lisa Risby was valued by the struggle not just with Sara Hagström, athlete who followed in the lead of the race with half fulfilled, but also with other great athletes, including the French Isia Basset - who commanded the race very close to the end but eventually fall to fourth place with a time of 1:02:15 - and Russia's Ekaterina Savkina, that takedown for third at 54 seconds of winning. Katerina Chroma, in 7th place with a time of 1:04:48, was the best Czech athlete, while the Portuguese Vera Alvarez and Rita Rodrigues have not completed their courses. 147 athletes participated in this class.

Tomorrow is a day Middle Distance Qualification. The event will be held in Radvanice, near the border with Poland and the organization promises very demanding technically races. Athletes will be divided by three series in each category, with Rafael Miguel on the second serie starting at 13:34 (plus an hour than in Portugal), Rita Rodrigues start in the first serie at 12:45 and Vera Alvarez also running in the first serie, starting at 13:25. Everything to follow in

Joaquim Margarido

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