Friday, February 05, 2016

Portugal O' Meeting 2016: Step by step



A new edition of the Portugal O' Meeting is approaching and our country is well prepared to open doors to the World FootO Elite. Along five days, the city of Penamacor will host the most important Portuguese Orienteering event, offering to 1.500 athletes a warm welcome, great maps and terrains and lots of fun.


For the third time in its history, COC – Clube de Orientação do Centro organizes the Portugal “O” Meeting. After Marinha Grande in 2000 and Quiaios/Figueira da Foz in 2010, Penamacor is the place chosen to POM 2016. In a scenery of great beauty, perfect for tourism and orienteering, all the conditions are gathered for another great Portugal O' Meeting.


The party has already began with the Model Events, yesterday and today, in three different maps. But tomorrow onwards everything will be different ... and for real! Two Middle Distance stages will fulfil the first part of Portugal O' Meeting, while the last two days will offer two Long Distance stages, the first one counting for the IOF World Ranking. In the meanwhile, there will still be room for a Urban Night Sprint, on Saturday, in Penamacor's centre and, on Sunday afternoon, the usual PreO stage. The POM's stages will have live transmission and it will be possible watch it at http://original.livestream.com/vieito?t=534743.



POM 2016 detailed program


5th February 2016 (day 0 – Friday)
8h30 – Secretariat opens – Penamacor Event Centre
9h00 – Model Event opens
Model Event 1 – Mapa “Mata da Câmara”
Model Event 2 – Mapa “Ramalhão”
Model Event 3 – Mapa “Benquerença” (Urban)
09h00 to 12h00 – Warm-up Race starts at “Anascer” (Open Race)
12h30 to 14h00 – Barbecue – (ticket for the barbecue is the map of the open race)
22h00 – Secretariat closes – Penamacor Event Centre

6th February 2016 (day 1 – Saturday)
08h30 – Secretariat opens – Arena
10h00 – Middle distance – Map “Memória – Penamacor”
10h15 to 11h30 – Starts for open and formation classes
17h00 – Secretariat opens – Penamacor Event Centre
18h30 – Urban Night Race – Penamacor
18h45 – Secretariat closes – Penamacor Event Centre
18h45 to 19h30 – Start for open and formation classes

7th February 2016 (day 2 – Sunday)
08h00 – Secretariat opens – Arena
09h30 – Middle distance – Map “Serrinha – Rachã”
09h45 to 11h00 – Starts for open and formation classes
11h30 – Secretariat opens for Invacare PreO support
12h30 – Invacare PreO – Map “Abelheira”
17h00 – Secretariat opens – Penamacor Event Centre
18h30 – Invacare PreO – Prize giving ceremony at Benquerença
19h00 – Secretariat closes – Penamacor Event Centre

8th February (day 3 – Monday)
08h00 – Secretariat opens – Arena
09h00 – Long distance WRE – Map “Serrinha”
09h15 to 10h30 – Starts for open and formation classes
15h00 – Long distance WRE and Urban Night Race – Prize giving ceremony
15h30 – Historical Guided Tour – Penamacor Village
19h00 – Official Banquet – Penamacor – Palace Hotel Termas de S. Tiago 

9th February (day 4 – Tuesday)

08h00 – Secretariat opens – Arena
09h00 – First start – Long distance – Map “Serrinha – Dongalinho”
09h30 – First start of chasing start for Elite classes at arena
10h30 – Mass start for Elite classes
11h00 – First start of chasing start for Super Elite classes at arena
12h00 – Mass start for Super Elite classes
09h15 to 10h30 – Starts for open and formation classes
14h00 – POM2016 – Prize giving ceremony
16h00 – Sleeping floor Closes

Note: All timings are in local time (GMT timezone).





Participants

The entries closed with the number participants slightly exceeding the number of 1.500. Among the big names on this POM 2016, there are seven athletes from the top 10 - three female and four male - with Thierry Gueorgiou and Catherine Taylor heading the lists. Gueorgiou is recognized as the best orienteer of all time, boasting 13 gold medals in the World Championships and being the current triple World Champion in Long Distance. He is also a "historical" of POM, a competition which he won for four times. The major opposition will come from the Swiss Fabian Hertner and the Swedish Olle Boström and GustaveBergman, all positioned among the ten best in the World. From the range of participants in the Men Elite also worth mentioning the Swedish Jonas Leandersson, current Sprint World Champion, the French Lucas Basset, World Vice-Champion in Middle Distance and one of the great revelations of last season and even the Finnish Aaro Asikainen, the winner of the last edition of Portugal O' Meeting.

As for the Elite Women, Catherine Taylor is, as stated above, the most well ranked, currently occupying the 3rd position in the IOF World Ranking. Taylor owes this place to her huge regularity since his best result at World Championships is the 5th place in the WOC 2015's Middle Distance. The British will face the Russian Svetlana Mironova, World Champion in Long Distance in 2014 and the Swedish Annika Billstam, World Champion in Middle Distance twice (2014 and 2015) and World Champion in Long Distance (2011) and Helena Jansson, the world bi-champion (Sprint in 2009 and Middle Distance in 2011 ) and winner of the Portugal O 'Meeting in ... 2005!


Terrain and useful information

Stage 1 - Middle Distance

Map: Memória (2015)
Mapmaker: Rui Antunes
Course setter: Rui Antunes
Map scale: 1:10 000 & 1:7 500
Contour interval: 5m
IOF Adviser: Rui Morais




Stage 2 - Middle Distance

Map: Serrinha (2015)
Mapmaker: Rui Antunes
Course setter: Carlos Monteiro
Map scale: 1:10 000 & 1:7 500
Contour interval: 5m
IOF Adviser: Rui Morais




Stage 3 - WRE Long Distance

Map: Serrinha (2015)
Mapmaker: Rui Antunes
Course setter: Rui Antunes
Map scale: 1:15 000, 1:10 000 & 1:7 500
Contour interval: 5m
IOF Adviser: Rui Morais



The organization strongly advises the use of spike shoes for this type of terrain!


Stage 4 - Long Distance

Map: Serrinha (2015)
Mapmaker: Rui Antunes & José Batista
Course setter: Rui Antunes
Map scale: 1:15 000, 1:10 000 & 1:7 500
Contour interval: 5m
IOF Adviser: Rui Morais




The organization strongly advises the use of spike shoes for this type of terrain!


Extra-competition Day 1 - Urban Night Race

Map: Penamacor (2014)
Mapmaker: Carlos do Vale
Course setter: Patrícia Casalinho
Map scale: 1:4 000
Contour interval: 5m



Extra-competition Day 2 - Invacare PreO

Map: Abelheira (2015)
Mapmaker: Rui Antunes
Course setter: Inês Domingues & Edgar Domingues
Map scale: 1:5 000
Contour interval: 5m
Event Adviser: Nuno Pires



The number of entries in Invacare PreO Open Class has risen beyond the best organizing team plans and that is due to the high interest of the athletes, in number of 94 entered for the stage. For that reason, there is a commitment of POM 2016 team in order to allow everyone to participate and not frustrate expectations by limiting entries.

In the Open class, names like Remo Madella, Italy, Koji Chino, Japan, Bartolomiej Mazan, Poland, Zoltan Mihaczi, Hungary, Christian Gieseler, Germany or Toño Hernandez, Spain, will face the Portuguese squad, with Luis Gonçalves, João Pedro Valente, Jorge Baltazar, Cláudio Tereso and Joaquim Margarido, amongst others. In the Paralympic class, it will be interesting to assist to the second part of the duel between the Portuguese Ricardo Pinto and the Spanish Carlos Riu Noguerol.



Other information

World Ranking Event
  • The Long distance on February 8th (day 3) will be an World Ranking Event;
  • During that race, GPS watches won’t be allowed in Elite classes.
Elite classes
  • The Male Elite class will be splitted in two. The best of World Raking at 2016 February 25th will run M21SuperElite and the remaining in M21Elite;
  • In day 3 both classes will count to World Ranking, like IOF suggests.
Chasing start
  • On the last stage, all the Elite classes (M21SE, M21E and W21E) will have a Chasing Start at the Arena;
  • Athletes who are more than one hour after the first or didn’t run one of the forest stages will have a mass start one hour after the first start;
  • The first athlete in the finish will be the winner of the respective class.
Results
  • The final result of POM2016 will be defined by the sum of points from all four forest stages, except in Elite classes, whose event winner will be the first runner at the finish on the last stage (Chasing Start);
  • The Urban Night Race and Pre-O events won’t count to POM2016 general classification.


For further information, please visit the Event's website, at http://pom.pt/2016/en/.

Joaquim Margarido

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