The victories in the final stage earned to the French Thierry Gueorgiou and Amélie Chataing the victory overall in the NAOM's eighth edition. In the beginning of a new season, more than six hundred athletes from fourteen countries showed their qualities and capabilities, taking advantage of the magnificent event organized in Castelo de Vide by the Grupo Desportivo dos Quatro Caminhos.
“To lose” is a verb which doesn't belong to Thierry Gueorgiou'e vocabulary, even if we are in the beginning of the season and winning be secondary. In castelo de Vide, Thierry Gueorgiou showed the reason why he is the IOF's World Ranking leader, recovering the 22 seconds of difference that separate him of Daniel Hubmann and he get the victory both in the stage and in the overall classification. Hubmann lost 45 seconds to the French and was second overall, while Philippe Adamski could save the third position, repeating the same place today, 1:19 behind the winner.
“I think I’m in pretty good shape but I was not very happy with the race yesterday and the small mistakes. In the evening I tried to analyse what had not gone particularly well and I did a more active orienteering today, a careful reading of the map, tried to better understand the terrain and the things eventually went better. The race today was much more challenging, more demanding from a technical point of view, requiring more careful reading and to anticipate the options”, said Thierry Gueorgiou after the race. But the season has only just begun: “We are at the beginning of the season and what really counts is to realize that I'm improving little by little after each race. At the time of the Mediterranean Championships and, then, at the Portugal O 'Meeting, I will really focus on the competition so that I can reach the European Championships, confident in the best results”, he said.
Resultados Elite Masculina
1º Thierry Gueorgiou (Kalevan Rasti) 33:17
2º Daniel Hubmann (Kristiansand OK) 34:02 (+0:45)
3º Philippe Adamski (Kalevan Rasti) 35:13 (+1:56)
Classificação final Elite Masculina
1º Thierry Gueorgiou (Kalevan Rasti) 1:04:50
2º Daniel Hubmann (Kristiansand OK) 1:05:13 (+0:23)
3º Philippe Adamski (Kalevan Rasti) 1:07:43 (+2:53)
4º Baptiste Rollier (Kristiansand OK) 1:09:29 (+4:39)
5º Ionut Zinca (Farra-O) 1:12:35 (+7:45)
Amélie succeeds to... Amélie
After the second place in the first stage, Amélie Chataing knew to recover from the disadvantage, beating Anastasia Tikhonova and winning NAOM's eighth edition. A victory that is a remake of the last edition, in Nisa, commented this way: “I am delighted with these two days of excellent competition. I was quite disappointed with my mistakes in yesterday's stage, but I'm pretty happy with the race today and with this victory. It was a physically demanding race, but I liked the course, the changes of direction and the orienteering challenge in areas with a lot of detail.” A final word to Portugal and to NAOM in particular: “A large number of maps, terrains with much quality and the best training conditions we can find at this time of year, this is what causes me to often come to Portugal. And also this weather. When it is so cold everywhere, it’s always very pleasant to find this sun and these temperatures. Winning the NAOM again in 2015? If the training and races schedule permits it, I would be glad to come back to the Norte Alentejano O' Meeting and, of course, to win.”
The Russian Anastasia Tikhonova ended second, 1:42 behind the winner, and was second in the overall results. Third placed today, at 3:37 to the winner, the Canadian Emily Kemp closed this year NAOM's podium.
Resultados Elite Feminina
1º Amélie Chataing (Kalevan Rasti) 32:11
2º Anastasia Tikhonova (CSP Novgorod) 33:53 (+1:42)
3º Emily Kemp (OK Linné) 35:48 (+3:37)
Classificação Final Elite Feminina
1º Amélie Chataing (Kalevan Rasti) 1:06:32
2º Anastasia Tikhonova (CSP Novgorod) 1:07:38 (+1:06)
3º Emily Kemp (OK Linné) 1:12:22 (+5:50)
4º Kristin Löfgren (Varegg IL) 1:12:33 (+6:01)
5º Céline Dodin (Team AltecSport) 1:14:38 (+8:06)