Sunday, March 06, 2016

ESOC 2016: Last gold for Moholdt, Kechkina and the Swedish Relay teams



Lars Moholdt, Mariya Kechkina and the Swedish Relay teams were the greatest names of ESOC's final stages. Among the younger, Vladislav Kiselev, Anine Ahlsand, Nicola Mueller and Aleksandra Ruksanova took top positions once again.


In the last individual race of the European Ski Orienteering Championships 2016, Lars Moholdt, Norway, could strengthen the status of “ESOC's King”, by winning his third gold in as many races hold in Obertilliach, Austria. The victory's keys was in a great performance in the two initial long legs and nerves of steel in the last two thirds of the race, facing the constant attacks of the Russians Eduard Khrennikov and Andrey Lamov, the Bulgarian Stanimir Belomazhev and the Swedish Erik Rost. Mariya Kechkina, Russia, repeated the gold in the Women class, after a tight fight against her team mate Alena Trapeznikova. Tove Alexandersson, Sweden, was fastest in the first controls, but some small mistakes in the long legs denied her the possibility of closing the Championships in the same way she started, that is, on the podium's highest step. Vladislav Kiselev, Russia, and Anine Ahlsand, Norway, repeated the Junior titles achieved in the first stage, with a particular note to Ahlsand's victory with more than five minutes over the Czech Petra Hancova. In the EYSOC, the Swiss Nicola Mueller and the Russia Aleksandra Ruksanova, got their third gold medal in a row.

Ending a truly exciting week, Sweden reach the first place, both in Men and Women's Relay, against the strong opposition of Russians and Norwegians. In the male race, Norway finished the first leg in the lead, but Russia and Sweden were stronger in the intermediate part of the course, starting together for the decisive leg, with a good advantage over the concurrence. Andrey Lamov was unable to follow Erik Rost's very strong pace, with the Swedish holding precious seconds that turned out to be decisive in the final result. As for the Women class, Sweden operated an impressive recovery, after Evelina Wickborn's bad start, loosing more than four minutes to Finland, in the lead. At the start for the last leg, Tove Alexandersson's disadvantage was just 01:49, and she managed to reverse the situation and achieve a really tasty gold medal. Russia took the gold in JWSOC Men, while Finland was first in JWSOC Women, in both cases with a good advantage of more than two minutes over the Norwegian teams. Russia, Finland and Norway occupied, by this order, the three top positions in the EYSOC, both in Men and Women classes.


Results

Long Distance

ESOC Men
1. Lars Moholdt (Norway) 1:32:42 (+ 00:00)
2. Eduard Khrennikov (Russia) 1:35:12 (+ 02:30)
3. Stanimir Belomazhev (Bulgaria) 1:35:20 (+ 02:38)
4. Andrey Lamov (Russia) 1:36:57 (+ 04:15)
5. Erik Rost (Sweden) 1:38:26 (+ 05:44)
6. Janne Hakkinen (Finland) 1:38:43 (+ 06:01)

ESOC Women
1. Mariya Kechkina (Russia) 1:18:02 (+ 00:00)
2. Alena Trapeznikova (Russia) 1:19:02 (+ 01:00)
3. Tove Alexandersson (Sweden) 1:19:26 (+ 01:24)
4. Magdalena Olsson (Sweden) 1:22:33 (04:31)
5. Hana Hancikova (Czech Republic) 1:25:11 (+ 07:09)
6. Tatyana Oborina (Russia) 1:26:07 (+ 08:05)

JWSOC Men
1. Vladislav Kiselev (Russia) 1:20:45 (+ 00:00)
2. Anssi Koirikivi (Finland) 1:21:32 (+ 00:47)
3. Sergey Gorlanov (Russia) 1:22:34 (+ 01:49)

JWSOC Women
1. Anine Ahlsand (Norway) 59:37 (+ 00:00)
2. Petra Hancova (Czech Republic) 1:05:01 (+ 05:24)
3. Tuuli Suutari (Finland) 1:05:10 (+ 05:33)

EYSOC Men
1. Nicola Mueller (Switzerland) 55:02 (+ 00:00)
2. Igor Linkevich (Russia) 56:44 (+ 01:42)
3. Sergey Mizonov (Russia) 57:47 (+ 02:45)

EYSOC Women
1. Aleksandra Ruksanova (Russia) 37:20 (+ 00:00)
2. Sanni Oikkonen (Finland) 37:28 (+ 00:08)
3. Synne Strand (Norway) 38:20 (+ 01:00)


Relay

ESOC Men
1. Sweden (Markus Lundholm / Ulrik Nordberg / Erik Rost) 1:54:30 (+ 00:00)
2. Russia (Andrey Grigoriev / Eduard Khrennikov / Andrey Lamov) 1:55:29 (+ 00:59)
3. Norway (Jorgen Madslien / Öyvind Watterdal / Lars Moholdt) 1:56:34 (+ 02:04)
4. Finland (Tero Linnainmaa / Tuomas Kotro / Janne Hakkinen) 1:58:45 (+ 04:15)
5. Switzerland (Andrin Kappenberger / Gion Schnyder / Christian Spoerry) 2:01:37 (+ 07:07)
6. Czech Republic (Radek Laciga / Petr Horvat / Jakub Skoda) 2:11:12 (+ 16:42)

ESOC Women
1. Sweden (Evelina Wickborn / Magdalena Olsson / Tove Alexandersson) 1:28:04 (+ 00:00)
2. Russia (Kseniya Tretyakova / Polina Frolova / Iuliia Tarasenko) 1:29:22 (+ 01:18)
3. Norway (Marta Ulvensoen / Anna Ulvensoen / Andrine Benjaminsen) 1:30:53 (+ 02:49)
4. Finland (Marjut Turunen / Mira Kaskinen / Sonja Moersky) 1:31:13 (+ 03:09)
5. Czech Republic (Helena Randakova / Krystina Kolinova / Hana Hancikova) 1:33:47 (+ 05:43)
6. Estonia (Evely Kaasiku / Daisy Kudre / Piret Parnik) 1:38:58 (+ 10:54)

JWSOC Men
1. Russia (Aleksandr Pavlenko / Sergey Gorlanov / Vladislav Kiselev) 1:18:25 (+ 00:00)
2. Norway (Vegard Gulbrandsen / Jorgen Baklid / Audun Heimdal) 1:21:12 (+ 02:47)
3. Sweden (Robin Salen / Filip Jacobsson / Henning Sjokvist) 1:21:44 (+ 03:19)

JWSOC Women
1. Finland ( Maiju Kovanen / Liisa Nenonen / Tuuli Suutari) 1:33:26 (+ 00:00)
2. Norway (Tilla Hennum Farnes / Ragnhild Hjermstad / Anine Ahlsand) 1:35:34 (+ 02:08)
3. Sweden (Klara Yngvesson / Ida Nordlund / Isabel Salen) 1:36:23 (+ 02:57)

EYSOC Men
1. Russia (Igor Linkevich / Nicolai Vlasov / Sergey Mizonov) 1:11:16 (+ 00:00)
2. Finland (Vaino Kotro / Niilo Ojanaho / Pyry Hyppola) 1:13:57 (+ 02:41)
3. Switzerland (Severin Mueller / Corsin Boos / Nicola Mueller) 1:14:33 (+ 03:17)

EYSOC Women
1. Russia (Marina Vyatkina / Veronika Kalinina / Aleksandra Ruksanova) 1:13:40 (+ 00:00)
2. Finland (Siiri Saalo / Henna Pylvanainen / Sanni Oikkonen) 1:15:22 (+ 01:42)
3. Switzerland (Natalja Niggli / Eliane Deininger / Lea Widmer) 1:18:06 (+ 04:26)

[Photo: Orienteering.lt / facebook.com/orienteering.lt/photos]

Joaquim Margarido

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