Saturday, April 30, 2016

FootO World Cup round 1 2016: Winning start for Lundanes and Jansson

Olav Lundanes and Helena Jansson were the big winners of the opening stage of the FootO World Cup 2016. The Swedish and Norwegian strength extended to the other top positions, in a race where the Swiss performed below expectations.

The Foot Orienteering World Cup 2016 started this morning, with a Middle Distance stage on the Ślęża mountain, Sobotka, about 40 kilometers outside Wroclaw. Extremely challenging, the courses were attended by 120 runners in the Men Elite class and 89 in the Women Elite class, having the Norwegian Olav Lundanes and the Swedish Helena Jansson as the big winners.

In the Men Elite class, Lundanes performed very consistently, leading from the beginning and finishing with a time of 35:11. A comfortable 1:09 winning over his team mate Carl Godager Kaas, with the Swedish Albin Ridefelt finishing third with 36:33. The first non-Norwegian or Swedish in the final standings was the Swiss Florian Howald, 8th placed at 2:13 from the lead, while the IOF World Ranking leader and winner of the two last editions of the FootO World Cup, the Swiss Daniel Hubmann, couldn't get better than the 19th position, at far 3:57 from Lundanes. Ukranian Ruslan Glibov took an impressive 8th place, with the same time as Howald. In the end of his course, Lundanes would say: “I used the main contours and also ran a lot on compass” [IOF webpage].

As for the Women Elite class, the Swedish Helena Jansson and Tove Alexandersson, the FootO World Cup winner in 2014 and 2015, fought hardly for the victory, finishing separated by two single seconds. The two athletes were changing positions in the lead along the whole race, but Helena was stronger than Tove in the last controls, finishing with the time of 38:31. The fight for the next places was also really tight, with the five next athletes separated by near 25 seconds. Svetlana Mironova, from Russia, was third at 1:28 from Jansson, while the Czech Denisa Kosova confirmed the excellent performances of last weekend, during the EOC selection races of her country, finishing seventh, at 1:52 from the lead. “I made some mistakes today. I didn’t expect this to be a winning race”, Helena Jansson said [IOF webpage].


Men Elite (6,5 Km 240 m 27 C)
1. Olav Lundanes (Norway) 35:19 (+ 00:00)
2. Carl Godager Kaas (Norway) 36:28 (+ 01:09)
2. Albin Ridefelt (Sweden) 36:33 (+ 01:14)
4. Johan Runesson (Sweden) 36:40 (+ 01:21)
5. Gustav Bergman (Sweden) 36:48 (+ 01:29)
6. Magne Dæhli (Norway) 37:21 (+ 02:02)

Women Elite (5,4 Km 210 m 23 C)
1. Helena Jansson (Sweden) 38:31 (+ 00:00)
2. Tove Alexandersson (Sweden) 38:33 (+ 00:02)
3. Svetlana Mironova (Russia) 39:59 (+ 01:28)
4. Merja Rantanen (Finland) 40:09 (+ 01:38)
5. Venla Harju (Finland) 40:14 (+ 01:43)
6. Maja Alm (Denmark) 40:22 (+ 01:51)

Joaquim Margarido

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