Friday, June 27, 2014

EYOC 2014: Historical triumph for Olli Ojanaho



Olli Ojanaho won the Long Distance course of the European Youth Orienteering Championships EYOC 2014, in M18 class, making history in the competition thanks to his four gold medals, achieved in the short time of two years. Among the Portuguese, Ricardo Esteves turned to be our best athlete, finishing in the 15th place.


On its second day of competition, the European Youth Orienteering Championships EYOC 2014 headed to Suvi Laki, near the border between Macedonia and Bulgaria, for the Long Distance finals. A course that would crown the Finnish Olli Ojanaho, winner in M18 class with the fantastic time of 46:32, far below that estimated by the organization, between 50 and 53 minutes. With this result, Ojanaho repeat the golden moments of 2013, taking the titles of Sprint and Long Distance and reaching an historic achievement by quoting as the first athlete to get, in sixteen editions of EYOC, the gold medal in the individual competitions four times in a row. And this is just his first year in the M18 class. The Russian Vladislav Malyshev and the Finnish Topi Raitanen occupied the immediate places in the podium, with more 4:00 and 4:34, respectively, than the winner.

Nine years after Sumperk and the gold medal of Dorottya Péley in the Sprint W16 class, Hungary celebrated again a European title, with Hanga Szuromi imposing herself to the concurrence in W16 class and achieving a much welcomed triumph with the time of 40:29. Jasmine Gassner (Austria) was second with 40:58, while the Czech Tereza Jánošíkova, silver medallist yesterday in the Sprint race, achieved the third place with more 1:03 than the winner. After winning the Sprint, at the W16 class, by Simona Aebersold, the Switzerland returned to see his waving flag on the highest pole thanks to the triumph of Hanna Müller in the W18 class. Narrow victory, this one, in the time of 50:21, with the Finnish Anna Haataja and the Czech Anna Šticková occupying the immediate positions with just 37 and 49 seconds respectively, to the winner. Finally, in M16 class, the Czech Daniel Vandas was the big winner with a record of 45:43, followed by the Swiss Andrin Gründler with 48:11 and the European vice-champion of Sprint, the Finnish Tuomas Heikillä, at distant 5:26.

Among the Portuguese, any resemblance to the performances of yesterday is pure illusion. Only João Bernardino, in M16 class, improved his results, concluding in an excellent 17th place with 57:42, just over five minutes to the places of honour. Better than this, only Ricardo Esteves, who was again in plan of evidence, finishing in the 15th position in the same class with a time of 56:31, the second best result ever of a Portuguese athlete at this distance and at this class (just remember that Luis Silva reached at Soria, four years ago, a fantastic 6th place). The EYOC 2014 will end tomorrow with the Relay.


Results

M16
1. Daniel Vandas (Czech Republic) 45:43
2. Andrin Gründler (Switzerland) 48:11 (+ 02:28)
3. Tuomas Heikkilä (Finland) 51:09 (+ 05:26)
4. Marcin Biederrman (Poland) 51:28 (+ 05:45)
5. Timo Suter (Switzerland) 51:32 (+ 05:49)
6. Vojtìch Sýkora (Czech Republic) 51:58 (+ 06:15)
(…)
15. Ricardo Esteves (Portugal) 56:31 (+ 10:48)
17. João Bernardino (Portugal) 57:42 (+ 11:59)
68. João Casal (Portugal) 1:21:56 (+ 36:13)
76. António Ferreira (Portugal) 1:29:37 (+ 43:54)

D16
1. Hanga Szuromi (Hungria) 40:29
2. Jasmina Gassner (Austria) 40:58 (+ 00:29)
3. Tereza Janošíkova (Czech Republic) 41:32 (+ 01:03)
4. Birte Friedrichs (Germany) 43:04 (+ 02:35)
5. Eliane Deininger (Switzerland) 43:16 (+ 02:47)
6. Anni Haanpää (Finland) 43:42 (+ 03:13)
(…)
76. Beatriz Sanguino (Portugal) 1:14:05 (+ 33:36)

H18
1. Olli Ojanaho (Finland) 46:32
2. Vladislav Malyshev (Russia) 50:32 (+ 04:00)
3. Topi Raitanen (Finland) 51:06 (+ 04:34)
4. Olai Stensland Lillevold (Norway) 51:35 (+ 05:03)
5. Martin Šmelík (Slovakia) 53:05 (+ 06:33)
5. Arnaud Perrin (France) 53:05 (+ 06:33)
(…)
74. João Novo (Portugal) 1:13:54 (+ 27:22)
84. Daniel Catarino (Portugal) 1:18:46 (+ 32:14)
97. Bernardo Pereira (Portugal) 1:26:00 (+ 39:28)
100. André Esteves (Portugal) 1:32:30 (+ 45:58)

D18
1. Hanna Müller (Switzerland) 50:21
2. Anna Haataja (Finland) 50:58 (+ 00:37)
3. Anna Šticková (Czech Republic) 51:10 (+ 00:49)
4. Aleksandra Hornik (Poland) 52:25 (+ 02:04)
5. Anika Gassner (Austria) 52:38 (+ 02:17)
6. Solène Droin (France) 52:43 (+ 02:22)
(…)
64. Beatriz Moreira (Portugal) 1:17:46 (+ 27:25)
83. Catarina Reis (Portugal) 1:32:47 (+ 42:26)

Complete results and further information at http://eyoc2014.mk/.

Joaquim Margarido

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