The historic marketplace of Jarosław is ready to host the European Youth Orienteering Championships's Opening Ceremony. Time, so, to take a look on the Long Distance results. With one gold medal, one silver and one bronze, Finland is the most winning country on the EYOC 2016's kick off. On the other hand, Swedish performances were quite disappointing, with a 9th place as its best. Individually, the four competition classes revealed Malthe Poulsen, Daniel Vandas, Lotta Eerola and Zuzanna Morawska as the big winners of the day.
Started in Jarosław, in southeastern Poland, the 18th edition of the European Youth Orienteering Championships EYOC 2016. Spread over four different classes of competition, almost four hundred athletes faced this morning the first race of a three-day program, in an extremely challenging Long Distance from a technical point of view and quite demanding physically, with the accumulated unevenness placed between the 205 meters (W16 class) to 310 meters (M18 class). Course setter of this stage in Helusz Zachód's map, Wojciech Dwojak will have overvalued the competitors, assigning winning times that eventually became shorter than what happened in reality.
In the W16 class, the Finnish Lotta Eerola was the fastest, finishing first with the time of 44:09. Third placed in the last year's EYOC, in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, the Bulgarian Andreya Dyaksova got the second place with more 1:37 than Eerola. Two seconds after Dyaksova, in the third position, one could see another Finnish athlete, Inka Nurminen. As for the M16 class, the Danish Malthe Poulsen [in the photo] was the winner with the time of 50:39, four years after another Danish, Aaen Mikkel, has taken the European Champion title for the second time in a row in the same class and distance. Topias Arola, Finland was second, 18 seconds after Poulsen, and the winner of EYOC's last edition, the French Guilhem Elias, got the bronze with more 49 seconds than the winner.
Playing before her own fans, the Polish Zuzanna Morawska was a well-acclaimed winner in the W18 class, finishing with the time of 50:26. Just 27 seconds after Morawska, the Austrian Jasmina Gassner was second placed, the same result achieved last year, but then in the W16 class. Tilla Farnes Hennum, Norway, finished third with more 1:01 than the winner. Finally, in the M18 class, Daniel Vandas, Czech Republic, went up again on the podium's highest place, after his winning in Strumica, in 2014, but then in the M16 class. Vandas victory is particularly relevant because it's a seven minute winning (!), on his team mate Otakar Hirs, the largest winning ever in EYOC's history. The fight for the bronze was really tight, with Andrin Gründler being stronger than the Norwegian Vegard Guldbransen by narrow 8 seconds.
1. Malthe Poulsen (Denmark) 50:39 (+ 00:00)
2. Topias Arola (Finland) 50:57 (+ 00:18)
3. Guilhem Elias (France) 51:28 (+ 00:49)
4. Nikolai Kudriavtcev (Russia) 51:50 (+ 01:11)
5. Anton Lukashevich (Russia) 52:07 (+ 01:28)
6. Silas Hutzli (Switzerland) 53:18 (+ 02:39)
56. Tomás Lima (Portugal) 1:13:08 (+ 22:29)
63. André Henriques (Portugal) 1:17:04 (+ 26:25)
76. Pedro Moniz (Portugal) 1:31:31 (+ 40:52)
OVERTIME Manuel Oliveira (Portugal)
1. Daniel Vandas (Czech Republic) 52:12 (+ 00:00)
2. Otakar Hirs (Czech Republic) 59:19 (+ 07:07)
3. Andrin Gründler (Switzerland) 59:41 (+ 07:29)
4. Vegard Guldbransen (Norway) 59:49 (+ 07:37)
5. Chamuel Zbinden (Switzerland) 1:00:30 (+ 08:18)
6. Pierre Erbland (France) 1:01:13 (+ 09:01)
31. João Bernardino (Portugal) 1:10:06 (+ 17:54)
38. Ricardo Ferreira (Portugal) 1:12:54 (+ 20:42)
70. João Magalhães (Portugal) 1:26:04 (+ 33:52)
73. Ricardo Tenreiro (Portugal) 1:29:53 (+ 37:41)
1. Lotta Eerola (Finland) 44:09 (+ 00:00)
2. Andreya Dyaksova (Bulgaria) 45:46 (+ 01:37)
3. Inka Nurminen (Finland) 45:48 (+ 01:39)
4. Lea Widmer (Swizerland) 46:36 (+ 02:27)
5. Jana Peterova (Czech Republic) 46:51 (+ 02:42)
6. Eliane Deininger (Switzerland) 49:18 (+ 05:09)
1. Zuzanna Morawska (Poland) 50:26 (+ 00:00)
2. Jasmina Gassner (Austria) 50:53 (+ 00:27)
3. Tilla Farnes Hennum (Norway) 51:27 (+ 01:01)
4. Synne Strand (Norway) 52:34 (+ 02:08)
5. Vanda Vékony (Hungary) 52:43 (+ 02:17)
6. Tereza Smelikova (Slovakia) 53:01 (+ 02:35)
51. Patrícia Romão (Portugal) 1:10:48 (+ 20:22)
58. Beatriz Sanguino (Portugal) 1:12:54 (+ 22:28)
MISPUNCH Joana Marques (Portugal)
Complete results and further information at http://eyoc2016.pl/.
[Photo: Malthe Poulsen / facebook.com/Polle1503/]