Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Portugal O' Meeting 2014: A short update



We can already smell the Portugal O' Meeting 2014 and we made today a short update based on a lot of information released almost daily by the great team of Communication and Image of CPOC. “Two or three things I know about the Portugal O 'Meeting...” or just an excuse to see and review the extraordinary presentation video of the event?


1. 44 days left to the start of the 19th edition of the Portugal O 'Meeting. For the first time in its history, the event heads to the high places of Serra da Estrela, more specifically to the Municipality of Gouveia. Over four days full of challenge and emotion, the participants will be invited to experience the terrains of Vila Nova de Tazem and Arcozelo, for two Long Distance and two Middle Distance courses, the second of which (on the third day) counting for the World Ranking. The program includes also a Night Sprint in Gouveia, on the first day, and the next day one stage of Precision Orienteering.

2. At the moment, the number of participants is 424, representing 16 countries. With 104 entries, Portugal is the most numerous country, followed by Switzerland (80 entries) and Norway and Sweden (48 and 47 entries, respectively) . The ADFA leads a list of 117 clubs, being the one that has the largest number of participants (52), then the TT - Tur , Norway, with 29 entries and GOLD, Switzerland, 15. In terms of classes, M60 and M65 share the command, with 36 entries each. Dinis Lopes (Portugal) and Biger Garberg (Norway) are at opposite poles with respect to age, separated by a difference of 76 years!

3. In the Elite classes, the most valuable athlete to submit his entry to date is the Swedish Albin Ridefelt. Third in the 2013 edition of the Portugal O 'Meeting, the athlete spoke to the Portuguese Orienteering Blog and the interview can be read at http://portugueseorienteeringblog.blogspot.pt/2013/04/albin-ridefelt-work-talent-and-ambition.html. The organization, however, announced yet the name of Thierry Gueorgiou as a sure presence in this year's edition. And leaves the question: “Will it be the third consecutive victory for the Frenchmen, the king of the Middle Distance?”

4. In the meanwhile, the organization update some technical information, including the distances of each courses. It is known also that the official Banquet of POM 2014 will be at the Restaurante O Albertino, a place of recognized merit in Portugal, combining quantity and quality on a perfect way. Finally, a reminder of the presentation video of the Portugal O' Meeting [above], an extraordinarily well made pice, the perfect “business card” of an event that promises quality and variety. Not to be missed, absolutely!

Everything to know about the Portugal O 'Meeting 2014 at http://www.pom.pt/en/.

Joaquim Margarido

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