Sunday, February 16, 2014

Andalucia O' Meeting 2014: Bergman and Taylor, the big winners



Gustav Bergman and Catherine Taylor won the Andalucia O' Meeting's fifth edition. In the final stage, held this morning in Punta Umbría, Albin Ridefelt and Anni Maija Fincke were the winners.


Great atmosphere in the end of the fifth edition of Andalucia O' Meeting. The Municipality of Punta Umbria was a worthy host of an event that involved more than 900 participants for three competitive stages in challenging terrains and where the enormous technical quality was always present. A big applause for the organizing team is the Sun -O, led by Pedro Pasión, as well as Spanish orienteering, back once again in the route of the biggest names in the world.

Held this morning, the decisive Long Distance stage brought significant changes in Elite Women class, mainly due to the presence of the Finland Team athletes, missing the opening stage but major competitors today. Anni Maija Fincke and Saila Kinni, in particular, were prominently figures, reaching the 1st and 3rd places, respectively with the records of 1:01:16 and 1:06:19. 4:06 behind the winner, Catherine Taylor (OK Linné) turned out to be the great benefited, after Lena Eliasson (Domnarvets GoIF) just achieved the 12th place, 9:34 after Fincke. Eliasson eventually fall to the third place in the final ranking, behind Catherine Taylor, the winner, and her compatriot Annica Gustafsson (IFK Lidingo SOK), second placed at few four seconds from Taylor. Ona Ràfols Perramon (COC) , in the 8th place with a record of 1:47:51, was the best Spanish athlete.

In the Men Super-Elite class, the 10 seconds ahead which earned to Albin Ridefelt (OK Linné) the victory in today's stage weren't enough to turn the outcome of the Meeting into his favour, ending Gustav Bergman (OK Ravinen - Nacka) for being the winner. The difference of 21 seconds in the end gives a good idea of the struggle waged between the two Swedish athletes. In third position placed another athlete from Sweden, Oskar Sjöberg (OK Linné), ranked fourth in today's stage, 0:41 behind the winner. Another highlight is the great result of Ionut Zinca (Farra - O) , ranked fifth today at 49 seconds from Ridefelt, after the 19th place yesterday in what the athlete considered “the worst course since 2008, a stage to forget”. António Martinez Pérez and Andreu Blanes Reig, the two “bomb kids” from Colivenc club, were the best Spanish athletes in this edition of the AOM, concluding in 9th and 10th places, 7:34 and 9:16 far from Gustav Bergman.


Overall results

Men Super Elite class
1. Gustav Bergman (OK Ravinen - Nacka) 1:38:38
2. Albin Ridefelt (OK Linné) 1:39:59 (+1:21)
3. Oskar Sjöberg (OK Linné) 1:42:27 (+3:49)
4. Ionut Alin Zinca (FARRA - O) 1:43:57 ( +5:19 )
5. Fredric Portin (Team Finland) 1:44:02 (+5:24)
6. Filip Dahlgren (IFK Lidingo SOK) 1:44:06 (+5:28)
7. William Lind (Malungs Skogsmardarna OK) 1:45:08 (+6:30)
8. Jakob Lööf (Malungs Skogsmardarna OK) 1:46:07 (+7:29)
9. Antonio Martinez Perez (Colivenc) 1:46:12 (+7:34)
10. Andreu Blanes Reig (Colivenc) 1:47:54 (+9:16)

Women Elite class
1. Catherine Taylor (OK Linné) 1:36:34
2. Annica Gustafsson (IFK Lidingo SOK) 1:36:38 (+0:04)
3. Lena Eliasson (Domnarvets GoIF) 1:38:42 (+2:08)
4. Karoliina Sundberg (Lynx) 1:38:48 (+2:14)
5. Svetlana Mironova (Individual) 1:39:51 ( +3:17 )
6. Irina Nyberg (Individual) 1:40:34 ( +4:00 )
7. Hollie Orr (LOC IF) 1:44:25 (+7:51)
8. Ona Ràfols Perramon (COC) 1:47:51 ( +11:17 )
9. Anna Serralonga Arques (GO- XTREM) 1:49:38 (+13:04)
10. Mariana Moreira (CPOC) 1:49:49 (+13:15)

All informatiom at http://aom2014.com/.

Joaquim Margarido

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