The PreO competition of the 13th World Trail Orienteering Championships started today, with a demanding course in the idyllic forest of Saltö, beside the sea. 61 competitors in the Open class and 38 in the Paralympic class faced a really challenging course, with twenty one controls and a bonus three-task timed station. With one control voided, there were eight competitors in the Open class who solved all the tasks successfully, with Martin Jullum, Norway being the fastest in the timed station and so taking the lead. With the first and the seventh competitors 15 seconds apart from each other, Sweden has four athletes in the ‘pole position’ for the decisive day on Friday, including the current European Champion, Stig Gerdtman and the former World Champion, Martin Fredholm. Defending his World title, the Italian Michele Cera is also in the leading group.
In the Paralympic class, the Russian Pavel Shmatov was the only one who answered correctly to all the tasks, having a comfortable two-point lead over three former World Champions: Jana Kostová, Czech Republic (2013), Michael Johansson, Sweden (2014) and Vladislav Vovk, Ukraine (2015). How will Shmatov deal with the pressure? Five years later, the world title is close to return to Russia, but there’s still half of the game to play.
1. Martin Jullum NOR 20 points/15 seconds
2. Marit Wiksell SWE 20/16
3. Martin Fredholm SWE 20/19
4. Janis Ruksans LAT 20/25
5. Stig Gerdtman SWE 20 / 25.5
6. Ivo Tisljar CRO 20/29.5
7. Michele Cera ITA 20/30
8. Jens Andersson SWE 20/89
9. Pinja Mäkinen FIN 19/18
10. Johanne Biering DEN 19/19.5
1. Pavel Shmatov RUS 20 points/95 seconds
2. Vladislav Vovk UKR 18/31
3. Michael Johansson SWE 18/33.5
4. Jana Kostová CZE 18/37.5
5. Ola Jansson SWE 17/21.5
6. Søren Saxtorph DEN 17/48.5
7. Yehor Surkov UKR 17/49
8. Arne Ask NOR 16/35
9. Laima Lazinskiene LTU 16/48.5
10. Pekka Seppä FIN 16/110
To see the complete results, please visit the event's webpage at http://live.woc2016.se/blog/2016/08/24/official-preliminary-results-of-day-1/.