Saturday, January 30, 2016

LIOM 2016: Hubmann and Teini won WRE Sprint



Daniel Hubmann and Marika Teini were the big winners of LIOM 2016's first stage. On a tough and challenging urban Sprint, both athletes did good races, taking an important step towards the overall victory. 


After a night of bohemia and fado, Alfama woke up this morning with the excitement of an international Orienteering event. A map in one hand, a compass in the other, eight hundred orienteers tried the narrow and steep streets of this part of Lisbon, kicking off the Portuguese Orienteering season in the best way. 

 Showing to be already in good shape in the early season, the IOF World Ranking leader, Daniel Hubmann, Switzerland, took a comfortable triumph in 14:00. “An interesting course with many route choices”, was Daniel's first impression. After being many times in Portugal, this was the first time he tried Lisbon for a race and it was also the first event with the colors of KooVee, his new club. A fine debut, deserving also some words: “It's always nice to start a new year with a victory. When you go to a race you always try to give your best and you feel happy winning, even though it isn't the most important race of the year.” The Swedish Fredrik Bakkman and the Portuguese Tiago Gingão Leal were second and third with more 01:07 and 01:26, respectively, than the winner. 

More balanced, the Women Elite course had in Marika Teini, Finland, a surprising winner, over a really combative Galina Vinogradova, Russia. The difference between the two athletes was of 36 seconds, with Teini recording 14:59 in the end. The Finnish saw her race this way: “It was one of the best races I've ever ran. In such a tricky terrain, I just made one or two small mistakes and it was very good. I love Lisbon, the weather is fantastic and this particular terrain is amazing.” And she added: “With such strong runners like Galina Vinogradova or Catherine Taylor I didn't expect to win, but I did it and I feel really happy”. Alice Leake, Great Britain, took the third place with more 1:44 than the winner, while the best Portuguese was Raquel Costa, in ninth position, with 3:43 more than Marika Teini. 


Results 

Men Elite 
1. Daniel Hubmann (KooVee) 14:00 (+ 00:00) 
2. Fredrik Bakkman (IFK Lidingö SOK) 15:07 (+ 01:07) 
3. Tiago Gingão Leal (GD4C) 15:26 (+ 01:26) 
4. Dave Schorah (DEE) 15:51 (+ 01:51) 
5. Chris Smithard (DEE) 15:59 (+ 01:59) 

Women Elite 
1. Marika Teini (SK Pohjantähti) 14:59 (+ 00:00) 
2. Galina Vinogradova (Alfta OSA OK) 15:35 (+ 00:36) 
3. Alice Leake (SN) 16:43 (+ 01:44) 
4. Lone Karin Brochmann (Bakkelagets SK) 16:44 (+ 01:45) 
5. Siri Ulvestad (Nydalens SK) 17:02 (+ 02:03) 

Further information and complete results at www.liom.cpoc.pt

Joaquim Margarido

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