Friday, May 13, 2016

Two or three things I know about it...



1. Andrea Seppi (Erebus Vicenza) and Christine Kirchlechner (Sportclub Meran ASD) are the Italian Sprint Champions 2016. Organized by the GS Pavione, the event took place last Saturday in Canal San Bovo, in the beautiful region of Trentino, with the presence of almost 750 participants. The winner in 2015, Giacomo Zagonel (US Primiero ASD), got now the second place, 22 seconds after Seppi, while Riccardo Scalet (ASD PWT Italia) was third, with more 35 seconds than the winner. In the Women Elite class, the defending title Christine Kirchlechner needed 17:06 to finish her course, a 46 seconds winning over Carlotta Scalet (Sportclub Meran ASD), second placed and Lia Patscheider, from the same club, being third with the time of 18:18. The winners of the Italian Championships of Middle Distance, held in Calaita on Sunday, were Riccardo Scalet and Christine Kirchlechner, in Men Elite and Women Elite, respectively. Scalet spent 32:54 against 35:08 from Alessio Tenani (GS Forestale), second placed, and 35:26 from Marco Seppi (CUS Bologna ASD). Kirchlechner finished her course in 30:41, while Lia Patscheider got the second place with 32:35 and Heike Torggler )Sportclub Meran ASD) was third with more 2:27 than the winner. For further information and complete results, please consult the event's webpage at http://www.gspavione.it/it/pagina/italian-orienteering-championships.

2. France is ready to host next weekend the MTB Orienteering World Cup 2016's first round. The best athletes in this exciting discipline are heading Guebwiller to compete for the medals in two individual races – Long Distance (Saturday) and Middle Distance (Sunday) – and one Mixed Relay (Monday). The High-Rhine Orienteering Departmental Committee and three local clubs – Buhl-Florival, Colmar and Mulhouse – sign the organization, offering to 370 competitors a weekend full of emotion. Current leaders of the IOF World Rankings, the Russian Anton Foliforov and the Czech Martina Tichovska are the headliners of a competition that joins 72 participants in the Men Elite class and 50 in the Women Elite class. In the male section, the Italian Luca Dallavalle and the Finnish Jussi Laurila will be Foliforov's main rivals, but the French Baptiste Fuchs, Cédric Beill and Yoann Garde, playing home, also have a word to say. Winner of the World Cup in the last season and nº 3 in the IOF World Ranking, the British Emily Benham is, along with the French Gaelle Barlet, a big candidate to the podium's highest place. Other names to have in mind are the Russian Svetlana Poverina and the Finnish Marika Hara. To know more, please visit the event's webpage at http://www.mtbo2016.fr/en/world-cup/.

3. Orienteering “classic”, the 10MILA is back, attracting once more club teams from all the major orienteering nations. On behalf of the Tiomilakavlen Association, the 10MILA 2016 is organized by the clubs Stora Tuna OK, Grycksbo IF, Korsnäs IF OK, Kvarnsvedens OK, OK Kåre, Säterbygdens OK and Bjursås OK, and will be for the first time conducted north of Dalälven – in Falun, Borlange. Held annually in Sweden since 1945, the event is a 10-man relay which includes both night and daytime legs. The Women's race consists of five daylight legs and there's also a Youth race with four daylight legs. The 10MILA 2016 will start with the Youth Relay on Saturday 11.15 am, then the Women's Relay at 2.15 pm and finally the 10MILA-Kavlen at 8.30 pm. The Swedish teams IFK Göteborg and Domnarvets GoIF are going to start as defending titles in Men and Women, respectively. All the information at http://www.10mila.se/index.php/en/.

[Photo: Gruppo Sportivo Pavione / gspavione.it]

Joaquim Margarido

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