Daniel Hubmann claimed the victory this morning in Póvoa e Meadas dam, in the Middle Distance stage that openned the Norte Alentejano O' Meeting. Under a glorious sun, the terrains were an ongoing challenge to the most of six hundred competitors from fourteen countries.
“I missed about fifteen seconds at the second control but after that it was a good race. I push hard all the time – sometimes it was much about running - but I had a good flow, good legs and it was a pleasure to run the course under this fantastic conditions. It's good to get into the rhythm, after the winter break, and it's also good to feel the pressure again and try to perform well”, commented Daniel after the course. Thierry Gueorgiou was second, twenty seconds behind Hubmann, while Philippe Adamski was third, with the time of 32:30.
1. Daniel Hubmann (Kristiansand OK) 31:11
2. Thierry Gueorgiou (Kalevan Rasti) 31:33 (+0.22)
3. Philippe Adamski (Kalevan Rasti) 32:30 (+1:19)
Tikhonova shines in Póvoa e Meadas
Second placed in NAOM's last edition, Anastasia Tikhonova showed today her potential for take the victory this year, opening in the best way. “My feelings are not bad, but I did a lot of small mistakes on the second and third controls. After that, I could run well and it was good. I liked the terrains and it's very good to have this kind of competitions in the early season, demanding enough, giving you the possibility to run at a good speed”, Tikhonova said. Amélie Chataing finished second, 36 seconds behind the winner, while Kristin Löfgren was third, with 2:16 more than Anastasia Tikhonova.
1. Anastasia Tikhonova (CSP Novgorod) 33:45
2. Amélie Chataing (Kalevan Rasti) 34:21 (+0:36)
3. Kristin Löfgren (Varegg IL) 36:01 (+2:16)