To celebrate the O-Ringen's 50 years of existence, the orienteering lovers pointed to Sweden and, from the four corners of the world, settled in the region of Skåne, in the south of the country, for a week at highest level. Small fringe among the 22.571 participants - according the organization - the trail orienteers were also there to participate in the feast specially prepared for them, the challenges of five stages spread over six days and the extra of these two of them counting for the second edition of the Unofficial European Cup in Trail Orienteering 2014. In all, 59 athletes participated at the O-Ringen TrailO events, mostly Swedish, but also from Finland, Norway, Denmark, Italy, Czech Republic, Japan and Hong Kong.
Martin Jullum started the competition in the best way, winning the first stage. The Norwegian was the one doing the full of 20 points, one point ahead the Finnish Marko Määttälä and the Swedish Tomas Jansson and Karl-Gustaf Däldehög. Counting for the European Cup, the second stage was tightly disputed, with eight athletes to finish with the same number of points - 20 (!) - and the quick answers in timed controls giving another victory to Jullum Martin, edging out the Swede Martin Fredholm and the Norwegian Vetle Ruud Bråten, for 2 and 3 seconds, respectively. In the third stage it was possible to see a large set of nine athletes with the same number of correct answers in the lead, among which was included Martin Jullum. The Swedish Jens Andersson would be the winner, but the overall standings began to acquire the final form, with Jullum in the first position and now with a large difference of three-point lead over his closest pursuers, the Finnish Marko Määttälä and the Swedish Lennart Wahlgren, Karl-Gustaf Däldehög, Tomas Jansson and Erik Stålnacke.
Numbers of the European Cup
Making another full of 20 points in four stage, Jullum achieved tasteful victories, both at O-Ringen and in the Swedish round's second stage of the Unofficial European Cup in Trail Orienteering 2014. He was now even more distant from their direct opponents, except for Wahlgren, in the overall classification of the O-Ringen; and he reached his fourth win count towards the Unofficial European Cup in Trail Orienteering 2014, thus being in a perfect position to reach the final victory. In the last stage, the athlete proved that “to err is human”, concluding in 16th place, two points behind the winner, Lars Jakob Waaler.
With 236 points, Martin Jullum is in the lead of this year's Unofficial European Cup in Trail Orienteering 2014, having behind him, at a distance of 30 points, Martin Fredholm. With only four stages to the end, the Swedish needs to win at least three of them and expect that Jullum do as best a second place, only. Mathematically, it is still possible that Lars Jakob Waaler repeat the victory of 2013 in the Unofficial European Cup in Trail Orienteering. But he has the task to win, “only”, the four remaining stages. Indeed, in the field of probabilities, this is as true for Lars Jakob Waaler as for the Finnish Pinja Mäkinen, the Norwegian Vetle Ruud Bråten or Ukrainian Vitaliy Kyrychenko. On 20th September, in Silkeborg, Denmark, many of this doubts - or all! - will be cleared.
Unofficial European Cup in Trail Orienteering
7th Stage (07/21)
1. Martin Jullum (Norway) 20 points, 6 seconds
2. Martin Fredholm (Sweden) 20 points, 8 seconds
3. Vetle Ruud Bråten (Norway) 20 points, 9 seconds
4. Lennart Wahlgren (Sweden) 20 points, 11 seconds
5. Stig Gerdtman (Sweden) 20 points, 11 seconds
6. Christian Tingström (Sweden) 20 points, 12 seconds
8th Stage (07/24)
1. Martin Jullum (Norway) 20 points, 4 seconds
1. Vetle Ruud Bråten (Norway) 20 points, 4 seconds
3. Martin Fredholm (Sweden) 20 points, 8 seconds
4. Jens Andersson (Sweden) 20 points, 9 seconds
5. Lennart Wahlgren (Sweden) 20 points, 13 seconds
5. Stig Gerdtman (Sweden) 20 points, 13 seconds
1. Martin Jullum (Norway) 236 points
2. Martin Fredholm (Sweden) 206 points
3. Lars Jakob Waaler (Norway) 135 points
4. Marit Wiksell (Sweden) 109 points
5. Janis Rukšans (Latvia) 98 points
6. Erik Lundkvist (Sweden) 95 points
7. Anton Puhovkin (Ukraine) 92 points
8. Vetle Ruud Bråten (Norway) 86 points
9. Widar Taxth Løland (Norway) 84 points
10. Lennart Wahlgren (Sweden) 83 points
See HERE the O-Ringen's final results and, at http://orienteering.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/ECTO-2014-standings.pdf, the Unofficial European Cup in Trail Orienteering 2014's updated standings.