Frederic Tranchand and Marika Teine were in evidence during the Euromeeting 2016, hold this weekend in Latvia. Both won two out of three stages, showing a great shape three weeks before the World Cup's final round.
Along the next four years, Latvia will be a center for top elite orienteering, hosting the World Cup round in 2017, the World Orienteering Championships in 2018 and, last but not least, the World Masters Orienteering Championships in 2019. Anticipating an amazing period, the Latvian Orienteering Federation, Cēsis Municipality, SIA “O! Latvija” and the Orienteering Club “Meridiāns” organized the Euromeeting 2016 in quite relevant terrains for the next years' events, calling the attention of 130 competitors from 12 different countries.
With all races scoring for the IOF World Ranking, the event kicked off on Friday with the Middle Distance race taking place in the Zvārtes Iezis map, in the Gauja River National Park region. The competitors could experience wonderful courses in an autumn-tinted forest, with the French Frederic Trachand being the fastest in the Men Elite class and finishing with the time of 32:16. A 50 seconds victory on the Estonian Timo Sild, with the Finn Miika Kirmula being third, 1:46 after the winner. In the Women Elite class, Marika Teini and Sari Anttonen, both from Finland, fought hard for the victory, with Teini spending 33:54 against 34:00 from Anttonen. Denisa Kosova, Czech Republic, finished third with more 1:32 than Teini.
Same map, same winners
The competitors got back to Zvārtes iezis on Saturday and Frederic Tranchand showed again his great shape, spending 1:27:24 for the 14,5 km of his course. With the next three in the standings separated by narrow 14 seconds, Timo Sild was second and the French Lucas Basset got the third place, 2:45 and 2:56, respectively, after Tranchand. Like in the Men Elite class, Teini and Anttonen repeated the places of the eve, with 1:32 separating both athletes. Like her brother, the French Isia Basset got the bronze, 2:47 after Teini.
Fulfilling the last day's program, the Sprint race took place in the northern part of the historic city of Cēsis, offering exciting orienteering courses. Now, a different map and different winners. With less than 25 seconds separating the ten first athletes, the Latvian Arturs Paulins was the “special one” before his public, winning with the time of 15:13. Just half second after Paulins, finished the Swiss Jonas Egger, while the Russian Artem Popov got the third place with the time of 15:15.1. Sari Anttonen was the winner in the Women Elite class, after a tight race with the Russian Anastasia Rudnaya. The Finn spent 15:02.0, just 1.6 seconds less than the Russian. Marika Teini finished third with more 25.8 than the winner.
1. Frederic Tranchand (FRA France) 32:16 (+ 00:00)
2. Timo Sild (EST Estonia) 33:06 (+ 00:50)
3. Miika Kirmula (FIN Finland) 34:02 (+ 01:46)
4. Jonas Egger (SWI Switzerland) 34:03 (+ 01:47)
5. Jan Sedivy (CZE Czech Republic) 34:26 (+ 02:10)
1. Marika Teini (FIN SK Pohjantahti) 33:54 (+ 00:00)
2. Sari Anttonen (FIN Finland) 34:00 (+ 00:06)
3. Denisa Kosova (CZE Czech Republic) 35:26 (+ 01:32)
4. Inga Dambe (LAT Latvia) 35:27 (+ 01:33)
5. Johanna Hulkkonen (FIN Koovee) 35:38 (+ 01:44)
1. Frederic Tranchand (FRA France) 1:27:24 (+ 00:00)
2. Timo Sild (EST Estonia) 1:30:09 (+ 02:45)
3. Lucas Basset (FRA France) 1:30:20 (+ 02:56)
4. Dmitrii Nakonechnyi 1:30:23 (+ 02:59)
5. Vincent Coupat (FRA France) 1:31:11 (+ 03:47)
1. Marika Teini (FIN SK Pohjantahti) 1:15:05 (+ 00:00)
2. Sari Anttonen (FIN Finland) 1:16:37 (+ 01:32)
3. Isia Basset (FRA France) 1:17:52 (+ 02:47)
4. Denisa Kosova (CZE Czech Republic) 1:18:23 (+ 03:18)
4. Jana Knapova (CZE Czech Republic) 1:18:53 (+ 03:48)
1. Arturs Paulins (LAT Latvia) 15:13.0 (+ 00:00.0)
2. Jonas Egger (SWI Switzerland) 15:13.5 (+ 00:00.5)
3. Artem Popov (RUS Russian Federation) 15:15.1 (+ 00:02.1)
4. Frederic Tranchand (FRA France) 15:25.3 (+ 00:12.3)
5. Lucas Basset (FRA France) 15:25.4 (+ 00:12.4)
1. Sari Anttonen (FIN Finland) 15:02.0 (+ 00:00.0)
2. Anastasia Rudnaya (RUS Parma MS) 15:03.6 (+ 00:01.6)
3. Marika Teini (FIN SK Pohjantahti) 15:27.8 (+ 00:25.8)
4. Sandra Grosberga (LAT Latvia) 15:56.6 (+ 00:54.6)
5. Martina Ruch (SWI Switzerland) 15:58.8 (+ 00:56.8)
Complete results and further information at http://www.euromeeting.woc2018.lv/.
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