Back to Peñuelas Lake, the 2016 South American Orienteering Championships ended in the best way. Good maps and courses in beautiful terrains made the delights of more than four hundred participants and provided to Sidnaldo Farias Sousa and Susen Loesch tasty victories in the Elite category.
The last stage of the 2016 South American Orienteering Championships took place again at the Peñuelas Lake National Reserve, offering to four hundred competitors a Middle Distance scoring for the IOF World Ranking. Again, the victory in the Elite class fell to a Brazilian athlete, with Sidnaldo Farias Sousa (ADAAN) running his course in 36:01. For the third day in a row, the German Felix Späth (s-sport Team SUI) got the second place, finishing two minutes after the winner. The fight for the silver medal in the SAOC 2016 also caught up between two Brazilians, with the young Everton Daniel Markus (COSM) being faster than the “veteran” Leandro Pasturiza (COSAM) by the narrow margin of 5 seconds. Jorge Cifuentes Contreras (FEDEM) was, this time, the best Chilean athlete, finishing in the 9th place with more 13:21 than the winner.
The German Susen Loesch (s-sport Team SUI) got her third victory in the event, although the title of South American Orienteering Champion has been achieved by Franciely Siqueira Chiles (COSM), similar to what happened with the Sprint that opened the event's competitive program. Loesch needed 45:49 to finish her course, with a gap of 3:33 over Chiles and 4:35 over Leticia da Silva Saltori (ADAAN), third placed. In the 2016 South American Youth Orienteering Championships, the Brazilian Vinicius Matheus Wosch (COGA) and João Pedro Jaber (ADAAN) and the Chilean Ximena Hormazabal Ulloa ( APOLINAV) reached their third gold in the M18, M20 and W20 classes, respectively, while the triumph in the W18 class fitted to the Brazilian Samantha Nicolly Tozatto (COGA). After three days of intense fight between the host country and Brazil, the Brazilians managed to get the victory in the 2016 Latin Countries Cup winning, with 118 points overall. Chile was second with 103 points and Uruguay got the third place with 53 points. Argentina, Italy, Venezuela and Guatemala finished the standings.
1. Sidnaldo Farias Sousa (ADAAN) 36:01 (+ 00:00)
2. Felix Späth (s-sport Team SUI) 38:01 (+ 02:00)
3. Everton Daniel Markus (COSM) 41:14 (+ 05:13)
4. Leandro Pasturiza (COSAM) 41:19 (+ 05:18)
5. Carlos Henrique Souza de Araujo (COGA) 44:00 (+ 07:59)
1. Susen Loesch (s-sport Team SUI) 45:49 (+ 00:00)
2. Franciely de Siqueira Chiles (COSM) 49:22 (+ 03:33)
3. Letícia da Silva Saltori (ADAAN) 50:24 (+ 04:35)
4. Denise Campos (ADAAN) 52:31 (+ 06:42)
5. Elaine Dalmares Lenz (ADAAN) 55:15 (+ 09:26)
Complete results and further information at http://www.saoc2016.cl/.
[Photo courtesy of Jose Ángel Nieto Poblete]