Athletes from nine different countries achieved medals on the last day of the European Youth Orienteering Championships EYOC 2016. With one gold and two bronze medals, Finland was to the highlighted team, eventually winning the team competition. Individually, Guilhem Elias got his second gold in a row (after the bronze in the first day) and is, for sure, the EYOC 2016's king!
With the Sprint stage, ended in Jarosław, Poland, the 18th European Youth Orienteering Championships EYOC 2016. Marked by the four gold medals achieved by Finnish athletes in the three days of competition, the EYOC 2016 also noted some nice surprises, such as the excellent performances of Hungarian team, and others not so nice, as was the case of Sweden that, only on the last day, showed a bit of what its athletes know and can do. A word on the organizational work, offering excellent maps and terrains, but failing in the winning times predictions for the forest stages and found serious difficulties to provide live results to those who intended, from home, follow the races.
Gold medalist in the last EYOC's Long Distance, the French Guilhem Elias got another gold, this time in the Sprint, with the time of 10:19. The fight for the remaining podium positions was really tight, with the next five athletes separated by eight seconds. The Czech Michal Boranek and the Finnish Leo Matinheikki were second and third, respectively, with more twelve and fourteen seconds than the winner. In the W16 class, the Finnish Inka Nurminen was the winner with 10:46, after being 17th in the last edition of EYOC. An excellent 27 seconds win on one of the gold medalists in yesterday's Relay, the Hungarian Csilla Gardonyi, with the Swiss Elaine Deininger finishing third with the time of 11:31. Both Guilhem Elias and Inka Nurminen stepped onto the Championships individual podium for the second time, after their bronze in the Long Distance stage. Guilhem got also the gold medal in the Relay and can be considered the EYOC 2016's king.
In the M18 class, Kasper Fosser took the gold for Norway, winning with the time of 12:03. Seven seconds later, the Swedish Henrik Johannesson was second, while Akseli Ruohola, Finland, finished third with the time of 12:16 against 12:17 from the Swedish Simon Larsson, fourth placed. The Portuguese Ricardo Ferreira stood at the podium's door by five seconds, finishing seventh with the time of 12:35. Finally, Poland closed its participation in EYOC on home ground the same way as started, with a gold medal in the W18 class. Not by Zuzanna Morawska this time, but by Kinga Krolik, with the excellent mark of 12:46. Nineteen seconds after the winner, the gold medalist last year in the W16 class, Tereza Janosikova (Czech Republic) got the second place with more 19 seconds, and Agnes-Rebeka Néda, Romania, got the third place, 41 seconds behind the winner. With 1595 points, Finland won the Team Competition, with the Czech Republic in the second position with 1500 points and Hungary being third, with 1326 points.
1. Guilhem Elias (France) 10:19 (+ 00:00)
2. Michal Boranek (Czech Republic) 10:31 (+ 00:12)
3. Leo Matinheikki (Finland) 10:33 (+ 00:14)
4. Anton Lukashevich (Russia) 10:35 (+ 00:16)
5. Alastair Thomas (Great Britain) 10:38 (+ 00:19)
6. Boyan Ivandjikov (Bulgaria) 10:39 (00:20)
28. Pedro Moniz (Portugal) 11:21 (+ 01:02)
30. Manuel Oliveira (Portugal) 11:25 (+ 01:06)
35. Tomás Lima (Portugal) 11:31 (+ 01:12)
45. André Henriques (Portugal) 11:54 (+ 01:35)
1. Kasper Fosser (Norway) 12:03 (+ 00:00)
2. Henrik Johannesson (Sweden) 12:10 (+ 00:07)
3. Akseli Ruohola (Finland) 12:16 (+ 00:13)
4. Simon Larsson (Sweden) 12:17 (+ 00:14)
5. Tuomas Heikkilä (Finland) 12:24 (+ 00:21)
6. Alvar Palmen (Finland) 12:30 (+ 00:27)
7. Ricardo Ferreira (Portugal) 12:35 (+ 00:32)
29. João Bernardino (Portugal) 13:17 (+ 01:14)
33. João Magalhães (Portugal) 13:20 (+ 01:17)
102. Ricardo Tenreiro (Portugal) 16:32 (+ 04:29)
1. Inka Nurminen (Finland) 10:46 (+ 00:00)
2. Csilla Gardonyi (Hungary) 11:13 (+ 00:27)
3. Eliane Deininger (Switzerland) 11:31 (+ 00:45)
4. Grace Molloy (Great Britain) 11:41 (+ 00:55)
5. Anna Safronova (Russia)11:47 (+ 01:01)
6. Teele Telgma (Estonia) 11:50 (+ 01:04)
1. Kinga Krolik (Poland) 12:46 (+ 00:00)
2. Tereza Janosikova (Czech Republic) 13:05 (+ 00:19)
3. Agnes-Rebeka Néda (Romania) 13:27 (+ 00:41)
4. Zsófia Sarközy (Hungary) 13:40 (+ 00:54)
5. Vilma Von Krusenstierna (Sweden) 13:52 (+ 01:06)
6. Tereza Miklusova (Slovakia) 13:59 (+ 01:13)
54. Patricia Romão (Portugal) 16:17 (+ 03:31)
66. Beatriz Sanguino (Portugal) 16:52 (+ 04:06)
79. Joana Marques (Portugal) 18:30 (+ 05:44)
Complete results and further information at http://eyoc2016.pl/.