Sunday, June 26, 2016

Norsk O-Festival 2016: Kyburz, Wyder, Dæhli, Fasting, Gueorgiou and Bagstevold win in Sarpsborg



The Norwegian city of Sarpsborg hosted the 60th edition of Norsk O-Festival, the greatest orienteering feast in that northern European country. To the recognized quality of the event, one adds, this year, the relevant terrains next to Strömstad, where will be held, in late August, the World Orienteering Championships. THis fact could be responsible for a massive presence of nearly 2,500 orienteers, including many of current biggest names. In the end of the three stages, Swiss and Norwegians were the strongest, with Thierry Gueorgiou to win one of the stages.


The Sprint that filled the first day's program took place in the urban area of Sarpsborg and its surroundings, in Borregaard area. The competition joined over 1.500 athletes and had, in the Women Elite class, a convincing winner, the Swiss Judith Wyder (Gothenburg Majorna OK), with the time of 13:45. The Danish Maja Alm (Danish Orient Placement Association), current Sprint World Champion, was second with more 44 seconds than Wyder. In the Men Elite class, the Swiss athletes get three out of four top positions, with Matthias Kyburz (OK Tisaren) performing better than his opponents and getting a 13 seconds winning on the Swedish Eskil Kinneberg (IFK Gothenburg).

With the venue moved to Rudskogen Motorcross track, in Rakkestad, on the second day of the Norsk O-Festival, Halden SK got a double victory by Magne Dæhli and Mari Fasting. A total of 2,300 runners took part in the Long Distance stage, with Mari Fasting leading from the beginning and ending with a two minutes win on the Swedish Emma Johansson (Fredrikstad SK) in the Women Elite class. In the Men Elite class the fight for the victory was really tight, with Thierry Gueorgiou (Kalevan Rasti) leading comfortably until the 4th last control, but two major mistakes close to the end led Magne Dæhli to the victory with the time of 1:29:36, against 1:30:37 and 1:30:51 of Matthias Kyburz and Thierry Gueorgiou, respectively.

Gueorgiou had his revenge in the last stage, winning the Middle Distance race with the time of 37:42, after a hard fight with Bjørn Ekeberg (IL Tryving), second placed with more 1 second than Gueorgiou. After being twice 6th placed in the precedent stages, Heidi Østlid Bagstevold (Fredrikstad SK) got a tasteful win with the time of 36:30, with Betty Ann Bjerkreim Nilsen (IL Tryving) in the second position, at distant 2:47.


Results

Sprint

Men Elite
1. Matthias Kyburz (OK Tisaren) 13.25 (+ 00:00)
2. Eskil Kinneberg (IFK Gothenburg) 13.38 (+ 00:13)
3. Florian Howald (Tampereen Pyrintö) 13.52 (+ 00:27)
4. Martin Hubmann (Kristiansand OK) 13.55 (+ 00:30)
5. Trond Einar Moen Pedersli (OL Trollelg) 13.56 (+ 00:31)
6. Øystein Kvaal Østerbø (IFK Lidingö SOK) 14.04 (+ 00:39)

Women Elite
1. Judith Wyder (Gothenburg Majorna OK) 13.45 (+ 00:00)
2. Maja Alm (Danish Orient Placement Association) 14.29 (+ 00:44)
3. Elena Roos (Halden SK) 14.48 (+ 01:03)
4. Sabine Hauswirth (Halden SK) 14.56 (+ 01:11)
5. Rahel Friederich (Leksands OK) 15.04 (+ 01:19)
6. Heidi Østlid Bagstevold (Fredrikstad SK) 15.19 (+ 01:34)

Long Distance

Men Elite
1. Magne Dæhli( Halden SK) 1.29.56 (+ 00:00)
2. Matthias Kyburz (OK Tisaren) 1.30.37 (+ 00:41)
3. Thierry Gueorgiou (Kalevan Rasti) 1.30.50 (+ 00:54)
4. Hans Gunnar Omdal (Kristiansand OK) 1.32.22 (+ 02:26)
5. Eskil Kinneberg (IFK Gothenburg) 1.32.27 (+ 02:31)
6. Carl Godager Kaas (Bækkelagets SK) 1.34.24 (+ 04:28)

Women Elite
1. Mari Fasting (Halden SK) 1.14.26 (+ 00:00)
2. Emma Johansson (Fredrikstad SK) 1.16.30 (+ 02:04)
3. Julia Gross (Stora Tuna OK) 1.18.02 (+ 03:36)
4. Hollie Orr (Halden SK) 1.18.38 (+ 04:12)
4. Sabine Hauswirth (Halden SK) 1.18.38 (+ 04:12)
6. Heidi Østlid Bagstevold (Fredrikstad SK) 1.19.15 (+ 04:49)

Middle Distance

Men Elite
1. Thierry Gueorgiou (Kalevan Rasti) 37:42 (+ 00:00)
2. Bjørn Ekeberg (IL Tryving) 37:43 (+ 00:01)
3. Carl Godager Kaas (Bækkelagets SK) 38:24 (+ 00:42)
4. Magne Dæhli( Halden SK) 38:41 (+ 00:59)
5. Hans Gunnar Omdal (Kristiansand OK) 39:14 (+ 01:32)
6. Håkon Jarvis Westergård (Järla Orientering) 39:37 (+ 01:55)

Women Elite
1. Heidi Østlid Bagstevold (Fredrikstad SK) 36:30 (+ 00:00)
2. Betty Ann Bjerkreim Nilsen (IL Tryving) 39:17 (+ 02:47)
3. Emma Johansson (Fredrikstad SK) 39:19 (+ 02:49)
4. Marianne Andersen (Kristiansand OK) 39:20 (+ 02:50)
4. Mari Fasting (Halden SK) 39:46 (+ 03:16)
6. Mathilde Rundhaug (Frol IL) 40:12 (+ 03:42)

Complete results and further information at http://www.o-festivalen.no/.

[Photo: o-festivalen.no]

Joaquim Margarido

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