Spain was the winner of the Latin Countries Cup – Latinum Certamen's 21st edition, held over the weekend at Vlessart, southeastern Belgium. The individual highlights goes to the Spanish Anna Serralonga Arques and Maria Prieto del Campo, counting for victories the three stages of the competition.
The weekend called to Belgium over six hundred athletes from 18 different nations for the 3 Days of Belgium, an Orienteering event which takes place without interruption since 2000. This year's competition took place at the Forest of Anlier, the largest forest of Belgium, splitting the program by two Long Distance races and one Middle Distance, this one on Saturday and counting for the IOF World Ranking. The competition also hosted the 21st edition of the Latin Countries Cup - Latinum Certamen, attended by Belgium, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Romania, with the respective athletes distributed by the M/W18, M/W20 and M/W21Elite classes.
The Latin Countries Cup's first day was filled by the Sprint stage, in which Spain achieved three wins against two from Belgium and one from Italy. Spain and Belgium took the lead, both with 25 points, against 18 of Portugal, the third placed. A few holes below what had made the day before, Portugal found itself overtaken by Italy at the end of the second stage by losing 10 points to the italian team. The Azzurri reached two individual triumphs in the Middle Distance stage, while Spain took three individual victories. The leadership was now from Spain, with a total of 51 points, against 44 from Belgium, 37 from Italy, 31 from Portugal and 23 from Romania. Ran this morning, the Long Distance stage that ended the competition saw Romania, Italy and Spain sharing equitably the six individual victories. The Spanish Anna Serralonga Arques and Maria Prieto del Campo confirmed the excellent performances of the two previous stages, getting a full of victories each and ensuring half of the points made by Spain. In the first position ranked Spain with a total of 72 points, repeating the result achieved in Uruguay in 2014 and reaching the victory for the 7th time in 21 editions of the Latin Countries Cup. With 60 points, Belgium was the second classified, leaving the third position to Italy, with 57 points. Portugal was the 4th placed with 50 points and Romania closed the list with 39 points.
Still a note to the Spanish Anna Serralonga Arques and the Romanian Ionut Alin Zinca, winners of the 3 Days of Belgium 2015 overall, in the Women Elite class and the Men Elite class, respectively. The colours of Belgium were an almost constant presence in the highest place of the 37 podiums in dispute, with a total of 24 victories. Apart from the exceptions mentioned above, deserve a reference the triumphs of the Spanish Jesus Rodriguez Corrochano and Maria Prieto del Campo, respectively in H18 and D18 and the Italian Mattia Debertolis in H20. More information at http://2015.3days.be/.
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