Tuesday, March 01, 2016

ESOC 2016: Moholdt and Alexandersson took the first gold

Lars Moholdt and Tove Alexandersson are the European Ski Orienteering Championships 2016's first winners. In a tough Sprint race, Andrey Lamov and Alena Trapeznikova were second. Vladislav Kiselev and Anine Ahlsand were the best in the Junior World Championships.

Started yesterday in Obertilliach, Austria, the last big competition of the present Ski Orienteering season. In an exciting week, not only the 9th European Ski Orienteering Championships (ESOC) will be held, but also the 21st Junior World Ski Orienteering Championships (JWSOC) and the 9th European Youth Ski Orienteering Championships (EYSOC) as well as the final round of the World Cup 2015-2016. Fighting for the European and World titles in Sprint, Mixed Sprint Relay, Long Distance, Middle Distance (Mass start) and Relay there are 290 entered athletes from 21 countries, overall.

In a really strong start field for the Sprint race, Erik Rost (Sweden), Andrey Lamov (Russia) and Stanimir Belomazhev (Bulgaria) were pointed as favorites to the final victory, but in the end Lars Moholdt (Norway) was the fastest. The current World Champion of Long Distance completed his course in 15:40, against 16:16 from Lamov. Ulrik Nordberg (Sweden) and Christian Spoerry (Switzerland) took the bronze, ex-æquo. Defending his european Sprint title, Belomazhev was disqualified. In the Women class, Tove Alexandersson (Sweden) showed once again why she is the World Ranking's leader, winning clearly with a time of 16:32. Somehow surprisingly, the Russian Alena Trapeznikova, 19th placed in the IOF World Ranking, took the silver medal with more 31 seconds than Alexandersson, while Mariya Kechkina and Tatiana Oborina, both from Russia, were 3rd and 4th placed. Gold medalist last year in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Iullia Tarasenko (Russia) couldn't get better than the 8th position.

In the other competitions, Vladislav Kiselev (Russia) repeated his Junior World title in Sprint, beating his team mate Sergey Gorlanov by 7 seconds. In the JWSOC Women, the Norwegian Anine Ahlsand was also able to keep the title achieved last year in her home country, winning over the Finnish Noora Raisanen. The EYSOC Men had in the Swiss Nicola Mueller the big winner, after having been second placed last year. Also in the EYSOC Women, the Russian Aleksandra Rusakova, second placed in Hamar, Norway, could rise now a single but really important step on the podium, enough to reach the gold. Marina Vyatkina, Russia, was second. Excepting JWSOC Women, Russia was present in all podiums, collecting in the first day two gold medals, five silver and two bronze overall.

Today is time to follow the ESOC Sprint Relay and the JWSOC Mixed Sprint Relay at http://www.skio2016.at/.


1. Lars Moholdt (Norway) 15:40 (+ 00:00)
2. Andrey Lamov (Russia) 16:16 (+ 00:36)
3. Ulrik Nordberg (Sweden) 16:24 (+ 00:44)
3. Christian Spoerry (Switzerland) 16:24 (+ 00:44)
5. Erik Rost (Sweden) 16:32 (+ 00:52)
6. Jorgen Madslien (Norway) 17:08 (+ 01:28)

ESOC Women
1. Tove Alexandersson (Sweden) 16:32 (+ 00:00)
2. Alena Trapeznikova (Russia) 17:03 (+ 00:31)
3. Mariya Kechkina (Russia) 17:38 (+ 01:06)
4. Tatyana Oborina (Russia) 17:53 (+ 01:21)
5. Magdalena Olsson (Sweden) 18:28 (+ 01:56)
6. Hana Hancikova (Czech Republic) 18:48 (+ 02:16)

1. Vladislav Kiselev (Russia) 16:23 (+ 00:00)
2. Sergey Gorlanov (Russia) 16:30 (+ 00:07)
3. Audun Heimdal (Norway) 16:52 (+ 00:29)

1. Anine Ahlsand (Norway) 15:24 (+ 00:00)
2. Noora Raisanen (Finland) 15:57 (+ 00:33)
3. Doris Kudre (Estonia) 16:02 (+ 00:38)

1. Nicola Mueller (Switzerland) 12:21 (+ 00:00)
2. Igor Linkevich (Russia) 13:18 (+ 00:57)
3. Nicolai Vlasov (Russia) 13:45 (+ 01:24)

1. Aleksandra Rusakova (Russia) 13:01 (+ 00:00)
2. Marina Vyatkina (Russia) 13:38 (+ 00:37)
3. Lea Widmer (Switzerland) 13:59 (+ 00:58)

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

Joaquim Margarido

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