The 5th Mediterranean Championships in Orienteering kicked off this morning with a Sprint race in Divčibare, Serbia. Yaşar Ismet Demiroz and Ayse Bozkurt, both from Turkey, Marta Guijo Alonso, Spain and Miloš Bilić, Serbia, are the first winners. After the first stage, Turkey National Team leads the overall standings.
After Spain, Turkey, Portugal and Israel, it's now Serbia's turn to host the Mediterranean Championships in Orienteering MCO 2016. The event started today at Divčibare, about 130 kms southwest Belgrade, extending over the weekend in a three-day program consisting of Sprint, Long and Middle Distance, all stages scoring for the IOF World Rankings.
In the Men Elite class, Yaşar Ismet Demiroz, Turkey, was the fastest to run the 2.800 metres of his course in 14:38, getting a 31 seconds winning on his team mate Ahmet Kaçmaz. Different story in the Women Elite class, where the two first athletes were from Spain, with Marta Guijo Alonso beating Violeta Feliciano Sanjuan by 30 seconds after running the 2.400 metres course in 17:15. In the Junior classes, two Serbian - Miloš Bilić and Stefan Bilić - took the first places in Men, while in Women the winner was Ayse Bozkurt, Turkey, before Olga Stanojević, Serbia.
The overall standings after the first stage have the Turkish team in the lead with 36 points, less 4 points than Serbia, the second placed. Winner of the four precedent editions of the Mediterranean Championships in Orienteering, Spain is surprisingly in the third position, with 47 points. Tomorrow will take place the Long Distance stage, with the first start at 10 a.m.
1. Yaşar Ismet Demiroz (Turkey) 14:38 (+ 00:00)
2. Ahmet Kaçmaz (Turkey) 15:09 (+ 00:31)
3. Pau Llorens Caellas (Spain) 15:30 (+ 00:52)
4. Nikola Bilić (Serbia) 15:51 (+ 01:13)
5. Javier Ruiz de la Herrán (Spain) 16:33 (+ 01:55)
1. Marta Guijo Alonso (Spain) 17:15 (+ 00:00)
2. Violeta Feliciano Sanjuan (Spain) 17:45 (+ 00:30)
3. Dudu Erol (Turkey) 17:54 (+ 00:39)
4. Sladjana Jovanovic (Serbia) 18:09 (+ 00:54)
5. Emine Segunsay (Turkey) 18:16 (+ 01:01)
1. Miloš Bilić (Serbia) 12:07 (+ 00:00)
2. Stefan Bilić (Serbia) 12:34 (+ 00:27)
3. Orhan Kutlu (Turkey) 13:18 (+ 01:11)
4. Eloi Marti Romani (Spain) 14:40 (+ 02:33)
5. Carlos Raico Sanchez (Spain) 16:59 (+ 04:52)
1. Ayse Bozkurt (Turkey) 14:37 (+ 00:00)
2. Olga Stanojević (Serbia) 15:27 (+ 00:50)
3. Milica Bilić (Serbia) 17:29 (+ 02:52)
4. Beyza Yildirim (Turkey) 18:16 (+ 03:39)
Complete results and further information at http://mco2016.org/.