Saturday, June 28, 2014

EYOC 2014: Czech Republic's Relay twice gold

By winning two gold medals in Relay, the Czech Republic gave the best note in the European Youth Orienteering Championships EYOC 2014's last day of competition. The Portuguese teams have failed to keep the pace for the leaders and the 12th position in M16 class was the best result.

With the dispute of the Relay, again in Suvi Laki, the European Youth Orienteering Championships EYOC 2014 came to the end. The two victories achieved by the Czech Republic in the last day of competition put it, alongside to Finland, as the most golden team of these European Championships, soon followed by Switzerland, with two gold medals and Hungary, Poland, Norway and Portugal, with one title each. Individually, the Finnish Olli Ojanaho was the great figure of EYOC 2014 reaching the gold medal in Sprint and Long Distance and the silver medal in Relay. Also deserve to be mentioned the three medals of the Finnish Tuomas Heikkilä and the Czech Tereza Jánošíkova, in M16 and W16 class, respectively, reaching the silver in the Sprint, winning the bronze in the Long Distance and getting today the gold medal in the Relay. In the three days overall, Finland was the big winner of EYOC 2014, repeating the result of the last edition.

Starting with the Relay in the M18 class, note that Swiss and Norwegians started with the right foot, appearing to be all set on the second leg with Elijah Mølnvik (Norway) to take the lead with a good advantage over the main favourites. With a disadvantage of 6:44 to the lead, Olli Ojanaho did a superb final leg but that just gave it the second position. Norway turned out to be the big winner with a total time of 1:51:47, less 1:58 to the Finns and 2:07 than the Swedes, ranked third. In this class, the Portuguese Daniel Catarino was able to run with the leading group for long time, ending his leg in a promising 7th place. The second leg, however, turned out to tear up the Portuguese aspirations in beat the 10th place of Soria, in 2010 - the best ever so far - with André Esteves falling to the 20th place. João Novo recovered four positions in the final leg, but it is noticed that the fnal result could have been better to our colours.

12th place for the Portuguese

Looking to the M16 class, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Finland did an intense fight for the victory throughout the race, alternating for this order the command of operations. In the final leg, while the Czech Daniel Vandas sank hopelessly, Switzerland saw their leadership by 1:25 be voided by an excellent course of Tuomas Heikkilä, finishing with a time of 1:35:58 and a lead of 2:32 and 9:06 over the Swiss and Czech, respectively. As for the Portuguese, after the results of Ricardo Esteves and João Bernardino in the previous days of competition, it was here that lived the high expectations. Improving the 6th place achieved in Soria was not an unrealistic task, everybody knew it, but the truth is that the unfortunate start of João Bernardino ended definitively with our aspirations. At distant twelve minutes of the places of honour and in the 19th position, Ricardo Esteves was a giant, recovering five minutes and going up five places in the classification. Major figure of the World School Sports Orienteering Championships ISF 2013, António Ferreira finally emerged in this competition, securing to the portuguese team the 12th place at 27:58 to the winners.

As for the women, the Czech Republic reached the gold medal in both classes. The second leg revealed crucial in W16, with Tereza Jánošíkova to launch in the lead his colleague Barbora Vyhnálková with an advantage of 2:15. An advantage that, in the end, would range precisely three minutes, with the Czech team spending 1:19:36 against 1:22:36 from the Finnish team. Russia closed the podium with a time of 1:24:26. As for the D18 class, Poland started very well, leaving for the last leg with almost three minutes over the Czech Republic. The truth is that Weronika Cych eventually lost a sovereign opportunity to join to the gold medal won Thursday in the Sprint race also a victory in the Relay, and was Anna Šticková, from the Czech Republic, who offered to her country a much hailed victory in 1:46:36, 1:15 and 1:16 less than Sweden and Poland, second and third classified. With Beatriz Sanguino, a D16 class athlete, Portugal was disqualified at D18 Relay thanks to an "mp" from Catarina Reis.

Results (provisional)

1. Finland 1:35:58
2. Switzerland 1:38:30 (+ 02:32)
3. Czech Republic 1:45:04 (+ 09:06)
4. France 1:54:12 (+ 18:14)
5. Lithuania 1:56:27 (+ 20:29)
6. Denmark 1:56:35 (+ 20:37)
12. Portugal 2:03:56 (+ 27:58)

1. Czech Republic 1:19:36
2. Finland 1:22:36 (+ 03:00)
3. Russia 1:24:26 (+ 04:50)
4. Hungary 1:26:48 (+ 07:12)
5. Switzerland 1:27:00 (+ 07:24)
6. Geat Britain 1:31:10 (+ 11:34)

1. Norway 1:51:47
2. Finland 1:53:45 (+ 01:58)
3. Sweden 1:53:54 (+ 02:07)
4. Switzerland 1:57:46 (+ 05:59)
5. Poland 2:03:23 (+ 11:36)
6. France 2:03:36 (+ 11:49)
16. Portugal 2:30:59 (+ 39:12)

1. Czech Republic 1:46:36
2. Sweden 1:47:51 (+ 01:15)
3. Poland 1:47:52 (+ 01:16)
4. Finland 1:48:57 + 02:21)
5. Switzerland 1:51:06 (+ 04:30)
6. Russia 1:54:12 (+ 07:36)
mp Portugal

Complete results and further information at

Joaquim Margarido

1 comment:

  1. Great post! But to mention, he is Tuomas Heikkilä :)