Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Two or three things I know about it...



1. Close to the celebration of the 162nd anniversary of the birth of Jose Martí, hero of the Cuban independence, the city of La Habana welcome a big international orienteering event. The organization of the 1st International Orienteering Event in "Parks y Cities" has the signature of the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation, in coordination with Cuba Deportes SA and Spanish Orienteering Federation, with the program extending for two days, the next 16th and 17th January. “Meet orienteering friends and exchange experiences, provide a forum for social debate on orienteering and promote orienteering which is one of the most complete sports taking place in natural environment” such are the objectives set by the organization, who sees in this challenge “a wonderful way to meet and enjoy the interesting history and Cuban society”. The event has Technical Direction of Jose Angel Nieto Poblete and promises plenty of energy and excitement along the boulevards and green spaces of the beautiful city of La Habana. More information and entries through the adresses vicecul@inder.cu, recreac@inder.cu, costa@cubadeportes.cu or yolanda@cubadeportes.cu.


2. The city of Seville receives, on 14th and 15th November 2015, the last stage of the second edition of the City Race Euro Tour. Set of events that, joining the cities of London, Porto, Edinburgh and Barcelona, had last year its first edition, the City Race Euro Tour prepares to expand its influence already in 2015. Edinburgh will be out - the popular "Race the Castles" will not take place this year - but this “absence” will be compensated by the integration of the cities of Antwerp, Krakow and Seville. The calendar for 2015 is already fully defined and will be as follows: Antwerp (Belgium) 05th/06th September; London (Great Britain) 12th/13th September; Porto (Portugal) 25th/27th September; Krakow (Poland) 10th/11th October; Barcelona (Spain) 31st October/1st November; Seville (Spain) 14th/15th November. For more information, please consult the page of the City Race Euro Tour at http://cityracetour.org/.


3. The opening round of the IOF Orienteering World Cup 2015 knew its final stage. The map of Transit Flat, on the east coast of Tasmania, received a demanding Long Distance, in which took part 92 athletes, distributed by Men Elite and Women Elite classes.
In the Men Elite class, the Swiss Matthias Kyburz repeated the result of the first stage, running the 13.2 km.of his course in 1:18:29, having spent less 1:17 than his compatriot Daniel Hubmann, the winner of the second stage. Like at the first stage, Gustav Bergman (Sweden) took the third position with more 1:52 than the winner. Hubmann and Kyburz achievements in the three stages of the Australian round translates into equal points in terms of IOF World Cup ranking, with both athletes credited twith 260 points, 85 points more than the third-placed, the Norwegian Olav Lundanes. In the Women Elite class, the Swedish Tove Alexandersson was again at the highest plan, achieving a fantastic “hat-trick” and getting the leadership of the IOF World Cup ranking with 300 points, 115 points over the second ranked, the Swiss Sara Lüscher. Tove Alexandersson fulfilled the 9.5 km of her course in 1:13:03, against 1:16:54 and 1:17:27 of Sara Lüescher and the Swedish Emma Johansson, respectively second and third placed. The Australian Julian Dent and Hanny Alston achieved the best results among the athletes from Oceania, finishing on the 13th and 10th places, respectively in the male and female sectors. Further informations at http://oceania2015.com/.

Joaquim Margarido

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