Mariana Moreira qualified for the Sprint Final of the WOC 2015, which started today in Scotland. Running the second heat, the Portuguese athlete occupied the 15th place, spending more 1:44 than the winner, the leader of the IOF World Ranking, Tove Alexandersson.
After Raquel Costa (Rapperswil, 2003 and Lausanne, 2012), Mariana Moreira is the second Portuguese athlete to be present in a women's final of the World Orienteering Championships. Running the second heat of the Sprint qualification, our representative was ranked 15th with a time of 15:15, 1:44 more than the winner, the Swedish Tove Alexandersson. Carolina Delgado and Patricia Casalinho performed well, still insufficient to follow their colleague into the much desired and decisive final. The Danish Maja Alm and the Finnish Minna Kauppi were the winners of the remaining heats, with Judith Wyder (Switzerland), the current World Champion, being second placed in her heat.
In the Men class, the Portuguese Tiago Romão is worthy of the “unlucky prize”, staying at one single second to the final, by finishing his course in the 16th position with the time of 12:39. Tiago Gingão Leal was also very close to stamp his passport to the decisive race, finishing in the 18th place, seven seconds away from the time needed. Not as good as his teammates, João Mega Figueiredo finished in the 24th place at 38 seconds of the Belgian Tomas Hendrickx, ranked 15th in his heat. Yannick Michiels (Belgium), Kristian Jones (Great Brit ain) and Jerker Lysell (Sweden) were the winners of the respective heats, as the current World Champion, the Danish Søren Bobach, was the 4th place in the second heat. The final will be played on Sunday, at the seaside town of Nairn. All to follow at http://www.woc2015.org/.