Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Hollie Orr: "My biggest dream is a relay medal"


At the age of 27, Hollie Orr could taste the sweet fruit of hard work. In the recent European Orienteering Championships, the British athlete performed greatly in a demanding Long Distance, finishing in the 6th place. In this interview to the Portuguese Orienteering Blog, she recalls the emotions of an unprecedented podium and speaks of herself, her past and present but also of a future that seems to open up right now.


I would start by asking you about yourself. Who is Hollie Orr?

Hollie Orr (H. O.)
- I grew up on the North edge of Glasgow before going to Edinburgh to study Mechanical Engineering, I then spent two and a half years working in The Lake District. I have always loved sport and the outdoors but also like doing some art and creative projects, I like a variety in life and hate being bored.

Could you tell me about your first steps in Orienteering?

H. O.
- As a family we were introduced to Orienteering by family friends when I was about 9. The first steps I remember in orienteering involved a picnic and a good play-park. My first big competition was Highland (WOC) '99, although I don't think my parents, never mind me, had much clue what was actually going on.

What do you see in this sport that makes it so special?

H. O. - I see something new every time, I think that is the simple beauty of Orienteering. Perfection is so hard to achieve in this sport and therefore there is that continuous drive for improvement. I think also friends and the community spirit involved makes it a great sport to be part of.

You've been improving day after day and we can see it, at least, since last WOC, in your home country. How important was to race in Inverness and what do you keep from the experience?

H. O. - Last year saw a cumulation of unfortunate events, and perhaps mixed with a little bit of stupidity, which resulted in WOC being a bit of a belly-flop for me. However, I had a great time watching friends and team mates perform well. I think the biggest pleasure for me came from seeing everyone in the UK, and especially those who I have grown up around, pull together and put so much effort into the event with such great results.

What means to you to be part of the British Orienteering team?

H. O. - I think the British team is in a really good place right now, the spirit in Czech was really good. We are challenging each other to be better and as a result the level is slowly rising each year.

We could see you performing really well in the Czech Republic, during the European Championships. Did you expect the 6th place in the Long Distance?

H. O. - No... I dreamed but I did not expect the terrain to suit my strengths so I was very surprised.

Can you remember the most impressive moment(s) of your Long Distance race?

H. O. - I think the two long legs defined my race, I really struggled mentally with the first one as I don't like being bored and half way through I had a minor panic inside that there was so long to go and that perhaps I had started to fast, but this really made me appreciate the next section of the course. The second one I realised pretty quickly that I had taken the wrong route choice and when I hit the track I had to tell my legs twice to get moving, I think winning that mental battle made sure I actually made the finish line.

Could you tell me about your other races?

H. O. - My other races did not go to plan. I decided to skip the Middle Distance as I had picked up some niggles in the Long and decided to focus on delivering one good race in the Relay instead of risking not being able to run. Unfortunately, we miss-punched in the Relay so I did not get to complete my race, these things happen, and we will be back to fight another day.

How do you rate the EOC overall?

H. O. - I thought it was great, the maps were good and the courses were really challenging. Nothing in the forest was compromised for the sake of the show, but equally due to the number of cameras in the forest and some well thought out arenas meant the show was also great. I think my onlybugbear is the recent trend, in striving to make courses as technical as possible, to have controls which are perhaps 'hidden' or 'ambiguous' in their surroundings. I worry that the definition of Orienteering is not portrayed to the public correctly when runners appear to 'find' the control only to return minutes later to 'punch' the control, however this is just a personal opinion.

The World Orienteering Championships is the next big challenge. Can you feel already some good vibrations about that?

H. O. - I am really looking forward to WOC this year. I am currently living in Halden where there is a great training set up and focus on WOC of course. I think the spring has gone a lot better than planned after a troubled winter so I am looking forward to putting in some more hard work and seeing what happens in summer.

What kind of event are you expecting?

H. O. - Of course it is going to be big, I remember being in awe in Finland by the sheer number of people and I have a feeling this year might rival that.

Tell me about your goals. Does your bet go to a particular distance?

H. O. - My focus is in the forest, I have no result based goal yet, I would like to focus on being as fit as possible going into the Championships and allow myself the time to focus fully on the orienteering and delivering a race I can be proud of, what ever result that might bring.

Would you like to share your biggest dream?

H. O. - Of course I dream of medals, that is why we are all here. Short term I dream of consistency and more results like that of EOC, but my biggest dream is a relay medal. I think to share success is the best feeling, to stand side by side with people you know have put everything you have into a race is very special.

[Photo: Iveta Malá / kade.cz/EOC2016; Hollie Orr is sponsorized by Icebug UK]

Joaquim Margarido

Sunday, May 29, 2016

ETOC 2016: Analyzing the TempO



TempO is about balancing the speed and the risk of a wrong answer”, says Antti Rusanen, the current World Champion. And so it was, once more, in the Czech Republic, during the European Trail orienteering Championships. In a really tough Final, a few did right. All the others, didn't!


Now that the European Trail Orienteering Championships ETOC 2016 came to an end, still time to look on the event. Today, the Portuguese Orienteering Blog analyzes the TempO competition, looking on the detail that makes the difference.

The competition took place on wednesday, 25th May, with two Qualifying Heats in the first part of the day and the Final in the afternoon. 87 competitors entered to the Qualifying stage, with the 18 best in each Heat reaching the Final. Comparing the Qualifying Heats' results to those registered in the last World Trail Orienteering Championships, in Croatia, one can notice that 16 competitors repeated a presence in the Final. Bronze medalist in Zagreb, the Norwegian Sondre Ruud Braten was the big absent, but Edgar Domingues, Portugal, Emil Kacin, Slovenia and Dmitry Dokuchaev, Russia, also missed the Final. Out of the big decision by 3,5 seconds, Dokuchaev deserves the “unlucky guy” prize. With seven competitors in the Final, the Swedish team was the most represented one, followed by Finland with five competitors, Italy, the Czech Republic, Norway, Slovakia and Portugal with three competitors each, Latvia, Great Britain and Hungary with two competitors each and Ukraine, Denmark and Russia with one competitor each.


Cluster 1

The first Cluster turned out to be the most difficult. It was here that the competitors showed more difficulties to solve the four tasks, with an average time of 44 seconds and more than 50% wrong answers. Only three competitors did a clean cluster, with the Norwegian Martin Waaler joining speed and accuracy, assuming the lead. Martin Fredholm, Sweden, and Krešo Keresteš, Slovenia, were the two other competitors answering fully right. Erik Lundkvist, Sweden, Anna Jacobson, Finland and João Pedro Valente, Portugal, missed all the four tasks, which proved to be fatal for the rest of the course. The Slovakian Ján Furucz missed three tasks. The Portuguese Inês Domingues did two wrong answers, as much as Marit Wiksell, Sweden and the 13 y.o. Czech Daniel Locker.


Cluster 2

Easier than the precedent, the Cluster 2 registered 31 seconds of average time in giving the four answers and 19 overall wrong answers out of 144 (13% of wrong answers). Zoltán Miháczi, Hungary, and Erik Stålnacke, Sweden, were the fastest and the most accurate, with 18 seconds total time. The slowest was Tom Dobra, Great-Britain, with 59 seconds, and the less accurate, with two wrong answers, were Martin Waaler, Alessio Tenani, Italy, Dušan Furucz, Slovakia, Johanne Biering, Denmark, Magdalena Kurfürstova, Czech Republic and Jari Turto, Finland. Martin Fredholm, Sweden, reached the lead in a table were eight competitors could keep a top10 position. New in the standings, we find now Zoltán Miháczi and Inês Domingues.


Cluster 3

The third Cluster was definitely the easiest. The competitors answered here more quickly than the other six, with an average time of 26 seconds, and also the average of wrong answers was the lowest, staying in the 10%. Lauri Kontkanen, Finland, and Sigurd Dæhli, Norway, were the fastest, with 17 seconds, while the slowest was again Tom Dobra, with 45 seconds. Dušan Furucz was, once more, the less accurate, missing three tasks, with Daniel Locker being the one in the top10 missing one task. So, Locker stayed out of the top10 standings, and so Martin Waaler, changing places with Remo Madella, Italy, and Stig Gerdtman, Sweden. Martin Fredholm was about 20 seconds slower than the top competitors and lost the first place, which was occupied now by the Norwegian Martin Jullum.


Cluster 4

With the fourth Cluster, the competitors reached the competitions' middle. From now on, every Cluster will prove to be more difficult than the precedent, not just because of their technical challenge, but also because of the psychological part. Every second is now more than just one second and a wrong answer would mean a step back towards the top places. In this Cluster, the average time increased to 31 seconds and the average of wrong answers was 15%. The Russian Dmitry Kucherenko was the slowest with 50 seconds and the Ukrainian Vitaliy Kyrychenko and Magdalena Kurfürstova missed three tasks, being the less accurate. Zoltán Miháczi and Krešo Keresteš were the only missing one task. Being the fastest, Martin Jullum confirmed the leadership. The Czech Pavel Kurfürst was, along with Martin Waaler, the second fastest, reaching the third position overall. Kontkanen is now second, between Jullum and Kurfürst. Fredholm, Domingues, Madella and Mihaczi follow the leaders. After a sensational recovery, Ján Furucz joined the top10 list for the first time. He is the World Vice-Champion and still has a word to say!


Cluster 5

The Cluster 5 proved to be terrible to Lauri Kontkanen, missing here two tasks. This was a Cluster with also 31 seconds of average time, but with the average of wrong answers increasing to 19,5%. Ján Furucz was unstoppable and got the fastest time with 17,5 seconds. He's now the fourth placed after Martin Jullum, Martin Fredholm and Pavel Kurfürst. Domingues and Madella keep their relative positions, being fifth and sixth, respectively. In the eight position, Pinja Mäkinen, Finland, is a novelty in the top standings. In this Cluster, the slowest was again Dmitry Kucherenko. With three wrong answers, Anna Jacobson and Magdalena Kurfúrstova were the less accurate.



Cluster 6

Sixth and penultimate Cluster. The tension is hot, hot, hot and the third problem to solve shows to be a real jigsaw puzzle. Just seven out of thirty six competitors were able to solve it correctly and Lauri Kontkanen was one of them. Other was Pavel Kurfürst. Jullum keeps the first place, but the difference for the second placed – which is now Kurfürst – was reduced to 20 seconds. Martin Fredholm is still in the medals and Furucz keeps the fourth place, 21 seconds behind Fredholm. Kontkanen has the same seconds as Furucz and Inês Domingues is now sixth, 23,5 seconds far from a medal. The average time in this Cluster was 32 seconds and there was 26% of wrong answers. The less accurate was Martin Waaler, missing three tasks, and the slowest was João Pedro Valente, with 57 seconds.  


Cluster 7

Looking on the precent leading table, one understand that anything can happen. The seventh Cluster has the particularity of being a spectator one, increasing even more the pressure. The competitors need nerves of steel to reach their goals and everyone knows that missing one single task would mean an irreparable failure. This Cluster would prove to be the second more difficult, with 41 seconds of average time and 30% of wrong answers. In the particular fight between Kurfürst and Jullum, the Czech won. Jullum missed the third task... and the gold medal! The third place would be closely contested, but Martin Fredholm missed two tasks (he'd just missed one task until now), falling to the final eight place. Inês Domingues also missed two tasks, staying out of top10 – she was the only top competitor answering wrong to the last task. 

Ján Furucz finished third and Zoltán Miháczi – the fastest along with Daniel Locker – was fourth. Michele Cera and Pinja Mäkinen also did a clean Cluster, finishing fifth and sixth, respectively. Remo Madella's missing in the third task meant the seventh place, instead of the fourth one. This time, the slowest was Dmitry Kucherenko, with 76 seconds and was also the less accurate, along with Johanne Biering and Magdalena Kurfürstova, with three wrong answers. Overall, Michele Cera and Pavel Kurfürst were the most accurate, with two wrong answers. With three wrong answers there was three athletes: Martin Jullum, Pinja Mäkinen, Martin Fredholm and... Tom Dobra. But Dobra was also the slowest overall, with 376 seconds, which explains his 23rd final position.



Full results and further information at http://www.etoc2016.cz/.

Joaquim Margarido

World Cup MTBO: Good start for Benham and Foliforov



Round 1 of the 2016 MTB Orienteering World Cup has finished. Held in France, the event’s programme included two exciting individual stages – Long and Middle – and a tightly contested Mixed Relay. At the beginning of a new season, Emily Benham and Anton Foliforov are the World Cup leaders.


It was an exciting weekend to be in Guebwiller, France for the MTB Orienteering World Cup 2016 Round 1. Starting as defending winners, Anton Foliforov, Russia and Emily Benham, Britain couldn’t have done better. Opening the competition, the Long Distance race was held in terrible weather conditions, with the Swiss Simon Braendli as surprising winner in the Men’s Elite. In what Foliforov called “the muddiest MTBO event of my life”, Braendli was faster than any of his opponents, achieving his first victory ever in a World Cup stage. Foliforov, second, and the Czech Vojtech Ludvík – another good surprise – third, completed the podium. In the women’s race, Emily Benham was the big winner, revealing at the end her great satisfaction over a victory in such adverse conditions. “Maybe I should start liking mud races”, said the winner at the end. Gaëlle Barlet, France, and Renata Paulickova, Czech Republic, occupied the next positions.

After the stormy first stage, the High-Rhine vineyards were quite a promenade for a very technically demanding Middle Distance on the second day of competition. Unsurprisingly, Anton Foliforov was the strongest this time, getting a one-minute victory over the Estonian Lauri Malsroos and taking over the World Cup leadership. “Vineyards are very special terrains, with some really interesting details, and I enjoyed racing through them today”, said the Russian, first-placed in the IOF MTB Orienteering World Rankings since 16th May 2014. Andreas Waldmann, Austria, was third in a race that he tagged as “a little bit like a sprint”. The Elite Women class had the French Gaëlle Barlet and the British Emily Benham as the winning pair. Both athletes had a really tight race, with the final result perfectly showing it. Even their comments in the end were coincident: “There were lots of permitted passages between the vines but these were difficult to see. It was easy to make many small mistakes”, Benham said, expressing the general opinion. IOF MTB Orienteering World Rankings leader Martina Tichovska, Czech Republic got the third place and Benham took the lead in the World Cup standings.

The MTB Orienteering World Cup 2016 Round 1 finished with a home win. In a festive atmosphere, the French trio was unbeatable in the Mixed Relay, with Russia getting the silver and Finland the bronze. With no big chances of getting a top place, the team from Great Britain turned out to have supremacy on the first leg, with Emily Benham showing once again her enormous talent and taking the lead. After the subsequent British ‘disappearance’, attention moved to France and Russia, both fighting hard for victory. First Gaëlle Barlet and then Yoann Garde set the tone, launching Baptiste Fuchs out on the decisive leg with a lead of about three minutes on Anton Foliforov. Despite his huge effort, the Russian couldn’t reverse the course of things, having to settle for the silver medal. Finland was third, ahead of Austria and Switzerland.

Looking at the Table of Honour after the first round, France leads the medals list with two gold and one silver, followed by Great Britain with two golds. Russia and Switzerland shared the remaining gold medals, but the Russians added to their account two silver medals. Estonia also achieved one silver medal, leaving the bronze medals to the Czech Republic (three), Austria and Finland (a bronze medal each). The next round of MTB Orienteering World Cup matches with the World MTB Orienteering Championships and is going to take place in Portugal from 24th to 30th July.

Text: Joaquim Margarido

[See the original article at http://orienteering.org/world-cup-mtbo-good-start-for-benham-and-foliforov/. Published with permission from the International Orienteering Federation]

Saturday, May 28, 2016

EOC 2016: Switzerland and Finland win the Relay



Switzerland and Finland won the Relay gold, ending the best way its presence in the European Orienteering Championships EOC 2016. Both teams scored amazing recoveries, achieving really close wins.


The European Orienteering Championships EOC 2016 came to an end. For the last day of the competition program was reserved the Relay race, a moment always awaited with special emotion and seen by all athletes as a real party in which the gold has a truly special flavor. The men's race saw the first note of sensation given by the teams of the Czech Republic and Switzerland, finishing the first leg ex-æquo with just 2 and 11 seconds ahead of Poland and Estonia, respectively. In the second leg, the Swedish Johan Runesson managed to erase the one minute disadvantage brought from the first leg, giving the testimony to his team mate, Martin Regborn, in the first position, one second before the Czech Republic and six seconds ahead of Poland. In the third leg, however, it would be the turn of Martin Hubmann being faster, offering to Switzerland a fantastic victory in 1:46:07, the third gold in the last four EOC's editions. With more 8 seconds than Switzwerland, in the second place, finished Norway, while the Czech Republic was ranked third, 13 seconds after the winners. European Champion in 2014, Sweden concluded in the 4th position with 1:02 more than the Swiss team. The Portuguese Relay didn't start in the last day of competitions.


The Women Relay also had a rather lively outcome, with Finland getting the win ten years after the golden journey of Otepää, Estonia. Julia Gross, Switzerland, started better than the concurrency, giving to the defending title, Switzerland, the primacy in the first leg with a lead of one second on the first team of Russia and 12 seconds on the second Russian team. In the second leg Russia kept fighting hard and Natalia Vinogradova recorded the best time, while Sweden followed for the decisive leg in the second place, with a delay of 1:07 in relation to Russia. In the third leg, Svetlana Mironova made a big mistake in the first part of the map, losing the lead for Switzerland. But Judith Wyder "had a bad fall in the stony area", which would eventually launch Finland and Sweden for a titanic struggle till the end. Merja Rantanen and Tove Alexandersson ran almost the entire race side by side, but Alexandersson would give up in the last meters, ending the Finnish to celebrate the victory in 1:42:57 and a four seconds lead on Sweden. Russia finished its race fifteen seconds later than the Finnish team, while Switzerland would be fourth, 21 seconds after the winners.



Results

Men
1. Switzerland (Florian Howald, Baptiste Rollier, Martin Hubmann) 1:46:07 (+ 00:00)
2. Norway (Carl Godager Kaas, Eskil Kinneberg, Magne Dæhli) 1:46:15 (+ 00:08)
3. Czech Republic (Jan Petržela, Jan Šedivý, Vojtěch Král) 1:46:20 (+ 00:13)
4. Sweden (Jonas Leandersson, Johan Runesson, Martin Regborn) 1:47:09 (+ 01:02)
5. Russia (Andrey Khramov, Dmitrii Tsvetkov, Valentin Novikov) 1:48:01 (+ 01:54)
6. Austria (Helmut Gremmel, Gernot Kerschbaumer, Robert Merl) 1:51:02 (+ 04:55)

Women
1. Finland (Sari Anttonen, Marika Teini, Merja Rantanen) 1:42:57 (+ 00:00)
2. Sweden (Lina Strand, Emma Johansson, Tove Alexandersson) 1:43:01 (+ 00:04)
3. Russia (Anastasia Rudnaia, Natalia Vinogradova, Svetlana Mironova) 1:43:12 (+ 00:15)
4. Switzerland (Julia Gross, Sabine Hauswirth, Judith Wyder) 1:43:18 (+ 00:21)
5. Czech Republic (Denisa Kosová, Dana Šafka Brožková, Jana Knapová) 1:47:44 (+ 04:47)
6. Denmark (Signe Klinting, Ida Bobach, Maja Alm) 1:49:31 (+ 06:34)

Full results and further information at http://www.eoc2016.cz/en/.

Joaquim Margarido

ETOC 2016: Jansson and Gerdtman got the PreO gold



Sweden was the great winner of PreO competition that ended the European Trail Orienteering Championships ETOC 2016. In the final stage, Stig Gerdtman and Ola Jansson confirmed the first day's excellent performances, getting the gold.


With victories of the Swedish Stig Gerdtman and Ola Jansson, in the Open Class and Paralympic Class, respectively, came to the end the European Trail Orienteering Championships ETOC 2016. Today, the 127 competitors assembled in Vápenná for a course divided into two parts, with a total of 24 tasks and a timed station with two extra challenges. Achieving a clean race on the first day of competition, Stig Gerdtman and the Finnish Jari Turto faced an intense fight. But, as the controls were being overcome, the doubts were gone fading thanks to Jari Turto's performance much lower than expected, while Gerdtman was able to maintain a consistent presence and saving the first place with two wrong answers - 45 points out of 47 in the two days. Along with the Croatian Zdenko Horjan, the Hungarian Ferenc Fehér, the Slovak Dušan Furucz and the Italian Alessio Tenani, Martin Jullum was the most accurate, with only one wrong answer, which would worth the Norwegian getting the silver medal, after being second place, already, in the TempO Final.

The Swedish Jens Andersson saved the third position with a total of 44 points, the same as Zdenko Horjan, 4th placed. With 43 points, the Italian Remo Madella got the 5th position, and the 6th place belonged to the Lithuanian Robertas Stankevič, whose presence on the podium does not cease to be a pleasant surprise. Penalizing one point for exceeding the time limit for 6 seconds, the Slovenian Krešo Keresteš thus lost the 5th place, falling to 7th place with the same points of Stankevič. Also in the range of 42 points, one can find the Italian Michele Cera, World Champion currently, that finished 8th, the British Charles Bromley Gardner, 9th ranked and Jari Turto, which closed the top10. João Pedro Valente, Portugal, eventually missed a "unthinkable" point (of the 39 ranked in the standings' top part, just him was able to miss the control No. 20), thus losing the opportunity to keep a position in the top 10 and finishing in the 13th place.

In the Paralympic Class, the Swedish Ola Jansson and the Ukrainian Vladyslav Vovk also started in the lead, wielded arguments together with the main objective of the European gold. But Vovk - as Turto. in the Open Class - wasn't exactly in a “good day” and seven wrong answers ended any golden illusion. Likewise, Ola Jansson didn't have an easy day, but twenty points scored (adding to 22 points from yesterday) were enough to ensure the victory. Defending here the European title reached in Palmela, two years ago, the Swedish Michael Johansson also noted four wrong answers, yet sufficient to annul the disadvantage of two points for Vovk and guarantee him the silver medal. Vovk would be ranked third with 39 points. In the immediate positions were classified Jana Kosťová, Czech Republic, with 37 points, Søren Saxtorph, Denmark with 36 points and the Russian Pavel Shmatov with 35 points. The seventh ranked was the Finnish Pekka Seppä, with 33 points, the same as the Russian Eduard Oginskii, ranked eighth. The Lithuanian Laima Lažinskiene finished in the 9th place with 32 points and the Russian Dmitry Dokuchaev closed the top10 with 31 points. Overall winner of today’s stage was the Slovakian Dušan Furucz, who scored 23 out of 24 and answered to the two timed controls in 13 seconds.



To see the complete results and for further information, please consult the (unofficial) event's webpage at http://www.etoc2016.cz/.

[Archive photo]

Joaquim Margarido

Friday, May 27, 2016

EOC 2016: Middle gold for Kyburz and Alexandersson



Matthias Kyburz finally managed to get the gold in a forest distance. After his Sprint winning, five days ago, he was today faster than anyone else, achieving a mostly desired victory. In the Women Class, Tove Alexandersson was unstoppable, getting a two minutes win and reached the gold for the second time in this Championships.


The European Orienteering Championships EOC 2016 is come to an ending. Today, in Černa Voda, took place the last individual Final of the competition program, which was attended by 51 male and 52 female competitors for a tough and hard fought Middle Distance. Tenth placed in his qualifying heat, the Czech Jan Šedivý was the first to break the 34 minutes' barrier, taking the lead with 33:43. But the sweet taste of being first lasted less than ten minutes, when Gustav Bergman, Sweden, got a new best time, 1:13 faster than the Czech. From that moment on, it was a long wait of more than 43 minutes (!) to see if the Swedish would be able to keep the gold.

Matthias Kyburz was the last one to start. Since his European and World gold in Sprint, he's aiming for a victory in a forest distance and the opportunity is now. And he took it! Very stable throughout Černa Voda's curly terrain, with its slopes with many stones, stone grounds and watercourses, he managed to be the fastest, winning with the time of 31:56. Bergman was second while the third place went to the French Lucas Basset, with more 51 seconds than the winner. Oskar Sjöberg, Sweden, and Florian Howald, Switzerland, got the fourth and fifth places, respectively, while Šedivý would be the sixth placed, with the same time as the 41 y.o. Russian Valentin Novikov.

In the Women Class, the Danish Maja Alm was the first to register a result which could come to worth a place on the podium, with a time of 35:27. But when Tove Alexandersson ran under the 33 minutes – 32:37 (!), to be more precise -, the winner was found. Like Matthias Kyburz, Alexandersson joined to the gold, in the last sunday's Sprint, another tasty victory in this European Championships. Very irregular in the first half of her course, the Swiss Judith Wyder did an extraordinary recovery, finishing second, 2:20 after Alexandersson. Marika Teini, Finland, confirmed her excellent season, being third, 2:25 slower than the winner, but still reaching her first international medal ever. Maja Alm, fourth, the Finnish Saila Kinni, fifth, and the Swedish Helena Jansson, sixth, completed the podium. Out of the European Championships' accounts, the little Canadian Emily Kemp got the fourth best time, 6 seconds faster than Alm.


Results

Men
1. Matthias Kyburz (Switzerland) 31:56 (+ 00:00)
2. Gustav Bergman (Sweden) 32:30 (+ 00:34)
3. Lucas Basset (France) 32:47 (+ 00:51)
4. Oskar Sjöberg (Sweden) 32:58 (+ 01:02)
5. Florian Howald (Switzerland) 33:01 (+ 01:05)
6. Valentin Novikov (Russia) 33:43 (+ 01:47)
6. Jan Šedivý (Czech Republic) 33:43 (+ 01:47)

Women
1. Tove Alexandersson (Sweden) 32:37 (+ 00:00)
2. Judith Wyder (Switzerland) 34:50 (+ 02:25)
3. Marika Teini (Finland) 35:02 (02:25)
4. Maja Alm (Denmark) 35:27 (+ 02:50)
5. Saila Kinni (Finland) 35:35 (+ 02:58)
6. Helena Jansson (Sweden) 36:08 (+ 03:31)

Full results and further information at http://www.eoc2016.cz/en/.

[Archive photo]

Joaquim Margarido

ETOC 2016: Gerdtman, Turto, Jansson and Vovk leading after PreO's first day



With the PreO competition, the European Trail Orienteering Championships 2016 enters its last days. This morning, Stig Gerdtman and Jari Turto, in the Open class, and Ola Jansson and Vladislav Vovk, in the Paralympic class, were the most accurate, leading the respective standings. Still, there's a second half to play!


The European Trail Orienteering Championships ETOC 2016 it's heading for its end and the PreO competition was today's subject of all attention. This morning, in the ancient mining area of Zlaté Hory, with large amount of pits and depressions, 127 competitors tested their technical abilities, facing a very detailed terrain along which were placed 23 control points, with the “bonus” of two timed stations (with two tasks each), as an “amuse bouche”.

In the Paralympic class, the Ukranian Vladislav Vovk showed why he's currently the PreO World Champion, finishing his race with 22 points out of 23 and 106 seconds in the timed controls. Better than him, just the Swedish Ola Jansson, with the same points but with a better performance against the watch, recording 83 seconds overall. The defending European Champion, Michael Johansson, got the third best result, two points away from the leaders. The fourth and fifth placed were Inga Gunnarsson, Sweden, and Jana Kosťová, Czech Republic, with 18 points. Also fighting for a place in the podium, we can see the Lithuanian Laima Lažinskiene, the Russian Eduard Oginskii and the Danish Søren Saxtorph, with 17 points. It seems like the medals won't escape to Jansson, Vovk and Johansson, but we have to wait for tomorrow's decisive course.

In the Open Class, Stig Gerdtman, Sweden, and Jari Turto, Finland, did a clean race, finishing with 23 points each. Jari Turto, however, achieved a very unusual result in the timed controls, failing to correctly answer all the four tasks (in a set of 88 competitors in the Open Class, only four were able to perform this way). Stig Gerdtman benefited from his adversary's bad performance to take the lead. Jari Turto is the defending European Champion but he has to count on Gerdtman's revenge, fourth placed in the last European Championships and away from Palmela's podium by narrow 29 seconds. One point under the leaders, there was another pair, with the Swedish Jens Andersson ahead of the Norwegian Martin Jullum, silver medalist in the TempO competition but too little accurate today in the timed controls, missing three tasks. Waiting for a bad day of some of the leaders, there's a twelve competitors group, with 21 points. In this large group it's possible to notice the presence of the former World Champion Krešo Keresteš, Slovenia, the Swedish Marit Wiksell, the Croatian Zdenko Horjan, the Finnish Pinjä Makinen, the Portuguese João Pedro Valente or the current TempO European Champion, Pavel Kurfürst, Czech Republic. Out of the podium seems to be the current PreO World Champion, Michele Cera, Italy, with 20 points, the same as the World Champion in 2014, the Latvian Guntars Mankus, or the Portuguese Inês Domingues.



To see the complete results and for further information, please consult the (unofficial) event's webpage at http://www.etoc2016.cz/.

[Archive photo]

Joaquim Margarido

Thursday, May 26, 2016

ETOC 2016: Analyzing the TrailO Relay



On the European Trail Orienteering Championships ETOC 2016's rest day, we seek to thoroughly understand the TrailO Relay competition's progress, which ended with the victories of Italy and Sweden, in the Open Class and Paralympic Class, respectively.


Italy and Sweden were the great names of the ETOC 2016's first day, by winning the TrailO Relay competition in the Open Class and Paralympic Class respectively. Looking on the moments that led to the final outcome, the Portuguese Orienteering Blog analyzes the course step by step, sharing some interesting facts. But before proceeding with the analysis itself, let's see the “game rules”. In the competition, every Federation was allowed to enter two teams in each class, each consisting of three competitors. Only the better-placed team would count in the prize list. The result was a combination of a PreO-part and a TempO-part where each wrong answers (or points deductions for exceeding the maximum time) in the PreO-part resulted in a 60 second penalty time. The end result consisted of the PreO penalty time, TempO answering time and TempO penalty time. The three legs of the competition were forked and there was a Mass Start. Every fork consisted in a 9 controls course (in fact, 8 controls, because one of it was voided), having in the end two TempO stations with four tasks each. Every team's last competitor had additionally an extra (spectator) TempO station, with four more tasks.

The TrailO Relay joined 34 teams from 16 countries, 26 in the Open class and 8 in the Paralympic class. This was the first-ever official relay competition at international level, following a trial competition at last year’s World Championships in Croatia. The 34 competitors in the first leg were distributed by the three forks, the same happening in the two remaining legs. Looking on the PreO-part overall, one can notice that V1 Fork was quite easier than the others. Fourteen competitors (one of each in the Paralympic class) hit the eight tasks in the V1 Fork, but this number falls to one competitor in the V3 Fork and none of the competitors did a clean race in the V2 Fork. It's worth looking on the overall results after the PreO-part, with Latvia leading with a 60 second penalty time in the Open Class and the Czech Republic being first with 240 seconds of penalty time. In the Open class Italy had a 60 second disadvantage and was the second placed, but the other teams were facing now the challenge of recover from a huge disadvantage of 180 seconds (Sweden, Norway, Great-Britain and the Czech Republic) or even more. In the Paralympic class, the advantage of the Czech Republic on Russia and Sweden, second placed, was of 180 seconds.


The TempO-part

The TempO-part brought some important changes to the standings. The Finnish Jari Turto, Pinjä Makinen and Lauri Kontkanen were the most accurate in the two clusters with four tasks each, getting 23 right answers out of 24 and the correspondent 30 second penalty time. With this performance, they jumped up nine places in the standings, taking the 9th position. The second team of Finland performed also quite well, with 90 second penalty time. With 120 second penalty time there was Italy, now in the lead, Portugal and Ukraine, in the Open class, and Sweden, in the Paralympic class. Latvia got 360 second penalty time, losing by far the leadership and falling to the 8th place.

Looking on the board after the TempO-part it's easy to realize that only a disaster would move Italy away from the highest place of the podium. Sweden and Slovakia were in the fight for the silver. Separated by 33 points, Norway, Portugal, Latvia and Finland still had a little hope on the medals. In the Paralympic Class, Sweden took the lead, 18 seconds before Czech Republic. Fighting for the bronze, Russia and Latvia were separated by 22,5 seconds. There's still the final TempO cluster to play just once, by the last competitor of each team. Who is going to lose? Who is going to win?



The final act

The last Cluster will be decisive. Four tasks and lots of precious seconds to play should made the difference for some. In the Paralympic class, both Ola Jansson, Sweden, and Jana Kosťová, Czech Republic, performed similarly and could keep the relative positions. Inga Gunnarsson, Michael Johansson and Ola Jansson were the first-ever TrailO Relay winners in this Class, while Hanka Doležalová, Bohuslav Hůlka and Jana Kosťová got the silver. Dmitry Dokuchaev, Dmitry Kucherenko and Pavel Shmatov could manage to keep the bronze to Russia.

In the Open Class, the three third placed had a 60 second penalty for two wrong answers and the short answering time between them didn't change anything in the final standings. With Remo Madella, Michele Cera and Alessio Tenani in the last leg, Italy saved the gold. Sweden, with Stig Gerdtman, Martin Fredholm and Marit Wiksell got the silver and the bronze went to Slovakia, with Marián Mikluš and the brothers Ján and Dušan Furucz. After Inês Domingues and Grigas Piteira, Edgar Domingues had just 30 seconds penalty and Portugal would rise up three places, overtaking Norway and getting the fourth place. Norway and Finland finished fifth and sixth, separated for close four seconds. Hungary got the seventh place, with Zoltán Miháczi winning two positions on Latvia and Croatia in the decisive cluster. Luis Gonçalves, from the Portuguese second team, was brilliant in the “final act”, winning seven places and finishing tenth overall. One last note to the Czech Pavel Kurfürst: He was the only competitor clearing the final TempO cluster. Twenty four hours later he would be on top again, getting the European gold in the TempO competition!




To see the complete results and for further information, please consult the (unofficial) event's webpage at http://www.etoc2016.cz/.

[Photo: Skogssport / facebook.com/Skogssport]

Joaquim Margarido

EOC 2016: Sweden takes twelve to the Middle Final A



With victories of Johan Runesson, Carl Godager Kaas and Matthias Kyburz, in the Men, and Dana Šafka Brožková, Catherine Taylor and Judith Wyder, in the Women, took place this afternoon the European Orienteering Championships' Qualifying Heats of Middle Distance. Sweden and Finland, in the Men, and Sweden and Czech Republic, in the Women, placed all their six athletes into tomorrow's big final, in a day marked by Daniel Hubmann's fail.


Horní Údolí (“Upper valley”, in Czech) hosted this afternoon the Qualifying Heats of Middle Distance. The races took place in the highest altitude amongst all the European Orienteering Chmapionships venues, 750 - 975 meters above the sea level. 126 men and 89 women entered the courses, spared by three heats in each (Men and Women) class. The only absent at the start was the British Hollie Orr, brilliant 6th placed last Monday, in the Long Distance Final.

The big surprise of the Qualifying came from the current European Champion, the Swiss Daniel Hubmann, 19th placed in the Heat A and out of the Final A by 9 seconds. This was also a terrible heat for Daniel's team mate, Andreas Ruedlinger, Hector Haines, Great Britain, Aaro Asikainen, Finland, Andreu Blanes, Spain and Tiago Romão, Portugal, all of them under the 17th position and thus away from the Final A. The Swedish Johan Runesson took a 32 second win over Martin Hubmann, Switzerland, with Lucas Basset, France, being third. In the Heat B one could see Carl Godager Kaas' really close win on Oskar Sjöberg and the third place of the Estonian Tino Sild. In the Heat C, the winner was the Swiss Matthias Kyburz, with an advantage of 33 seconds on the second place, the Swedish Albin Ridefelt. The Czech Jan Petržela got the third position, 1:26 after Kyburz while the young Finnish Olli Ojanaho stayed out of the Final by 34 seconds, being 18th placed. Also the Finnish Mårten Boström, the British Ralph Street and the Romanian Ionut Zinca fell out of the Final in this Heat. Sweden and the Czech Republic will have six representatives each in the Final A, while Switzerland and Norway will be represented by five athletes. With four athletes we'll have France and Russia. The 51 athletes that got the ticket to the Final A, will represent 19 countries.

In the Women, the final standings didn't bring big surprises, even considering the Danish Ida Bobach's 10th place and Maja Alm's 12th position. In the Heat A there was two Czechs in the first positions. Dana Šafka Brožková won with the time of 25:07, against 25:36 from her team mate Adéla Indráková and with Rahel Friederich, Switzerland, being third. This was a very strong heat, that included Saila Kinni, Finland (4th), Helena Jansson, sweden (5th), Nadiya Volynska, Ukraine (8th), Lina Strand, Sweden (11th), Natalia Vinogradova, Russia (12th) or Anni-Maija Fincke, Finland (13th). Catherine Taylor, Great Britain, could show a spark of her bright and got a tasty 10 second win on Svetlana Mionova, Russia, and 12 seconds on Venla Harju, Finland, in the Heat B. In the Heat C, the winner was Judith Wyder, with the time of 23:27. Julia Gross spent more 24 seconds than her team mate and got the second place, while the Swedish Emma Johannsson was third, with more 34 seconds than the winner. The Final A will receive 52 athletes from 19 countries, with Sweden and Finland represented by 6 athletes each. With five athletes there will be two other countries, Switzerland and Czech republic, while Norway and Latvia will have four representatives in the Final.


Results

Men

Heat A
1. Johan Runesson (Sweden) 28:29 (+ 00:00)
2. Martin Hubmann (Switzerland) 29:01 (+ 00:32)
3. Lucas Basset (France)
(…)
26. Tiago Romão (Portugal) 33:14 (+ 04:45)

Heat B
1. Carl Godager Kaas (Norway) 28:42 (+ 00:00)
2. Oskar Sjöberg (Sweden) 28:45 (+ 00:03)
3. Timo Sild (Estonia) 28:57 (+ 00:15)
(…)
33. Manuel Horta (Portugal) 34:33 (+ 05:51)

Heat C
1. Matthias Kyburz (Switzerlan) 28:08 (+ 00:00)
2. Albin Ridefelt (Sweden) 28:41 (+ 00:33)
3. Jan Petržela (Czech Republic) 29:34 (+ 01:26)
(…)
41. Pedro Nogueira (Portugal) 41:49 (+ 13:41)

Women

Heat A
1. Dana Šafka Brožková (Czech Republic) 25:07 (+ 00:00)
2. Adéla Indráková (Czech Republic) 25:36 (+ 00:29)
3. Rahel Friederich (Switzerland) 26:10 (+ 01:03)

Heat B
1. Catherine Taylor (Great Britain) 25:06 (+ 00:00)
2. Svetlana Mironova (Russia) 25:16 (+ 00:10)
3. Venla Harju (Finland) 25:18 (+ 00:12)

Heat C
1. Judith Wyder (Switzerland) 23:27 (+ 00:00)
2. Julia Gross (Switzerland) 23:51 (+ 00:24)
3. Emma Johansson (Sweden) 24:01 (+ 00:34)

Complete results and further information to check at http://www.eoc2016.cz/en/.

Joaquim Margarido

World Orienteering Day - A record breaking event



On Wednesday May 11th 2016, the first ever World Orienteering Day took place all over the world. It proved to be a great success, with more than 250 000 participants taking part in a global orienteering event.

After having finalised the results, the total of participation in the first ever World Orienteering Day stands at 252 927 participants at 2013 locations in 81 countries and territories.

What was once only an idea, has come to be a reality beyond what anyone could have hoped. Schools, clubs and enthusiasts in every global region made a fantastic contribution, and together managed to beat the world record.

From South Africa to Hong Kong, from Greenland to New Caledonia, from Ecuador to Ukraine, hundreds of thousands of youngsters participated in World Orienteering Day. Following the idea “Think globally, act locally”, people took part in locally organised orienteering events, and together celebrated the biggest world-wide orienteering event ever.

- World Orienteering Day has demonstrated that we are truly a global sport, and I just want to thank the thousands of people who organised over 2000 competitions for 250,000 people on all continents except Antarctica. – Well done the world orienteering family, says Brian Porteous, president of the International Orienteering Federation.

World Orienteering Day is an International Orienteering Federation project that aims to increase the visibility and accessibility of orienteering to young people, to spread orienteering to new countries and places, and to help teachers to implement orienteering in schools in a fun and educational way.


[Press release from the International Orienteering Federation 2016-05-26]

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

ETOC 2016: Pavel Kurfürst wins the TempO



Pavel Kurfürst got the TempO's gold on the second day of the European Trail Orienteering Championships ETOC 2016. The Czech knew how to break the nordic favoritism, being faster than Martin Jullum and Ján Furucz, silver and bronze, respectively. Inês Domingues, was the best Portuguese competitor, finishing in the 11th position.


After the TrailO Relay’s emotion, the second day of ETOC 2016 began with the completion of two TempO qualifying heats, in which took part 87 competitors. The beautiful green space of Zlaté Hory hosted the courses, consisting of six timed stations with four tasks each (one of the stations in Heat A would be voided). The Heats's winners were the Italian Michele Cera, PreO World Champion currently and the Swedish Marit Wiksell, ETOC 2014's bronze medalist. Looking to the qualifying final standings, one can notice the huge balance in the Heat A’s top positions and the comfortable winning of Marit Wiksell in the Heat B. 36 competitors reached a place in the final, with Sweden (seven competitors) and Finland (five competitors) leading a list of representatives from 14 different countries. Italy, Czech Republic, Norway and Portugal confirmed their potential, qualifying three athletes each to the final. Out of the final stayed the young Norwegian Sondre Ruud Braten, bronze medalist in the World Trail Orienteering Championships WTOC 2015, in Croatia.

The big decision
took place a few hours later in Lázně Jeseník, in a course of seven timed stations, with four tasks each. In the betting exchange, Marit Wiksell, Lauri Kontkanen, Martin Jullum, Pinjä Makinen and Martin Fredholm were the best rated. On the other hand, Ján Furucz, Michele Cera, Luis Gonçalves, Pavel Kurfürst and Remo Madella were here also fighting for the gold, in a real “Scandinavia vs Rest of the World” contest. And it was from the “outsiders” that came the first big result. Having been the penultimate classified in his Heat, the Hungarian Zoltán Miháczi was the first to get a result under the 300 seconds, taking the lead and aiming for a final result that, at least, could improve the 9th place achieved in the last European Championships. The first major obstacle was called Luís Gonçalves, 6th placed in the last World Championships in TempO, but the Portuguese was far from his best, finishing with time of 432 seconds. In the meanwhile, the World Vice-Champion in TempO, Ján Furucz (Slovakia), would achieve a great performance, improving Miháczi's time in 9 seconds and assuming the lead. At this point, with 356 seconds, the Portuguese Inês Domingues was the third ranked among the 21 competitors who had finished the race.



Hot, hot, hot

The results continued to arrive in real time, whether in the arena or via Internet, at home of all those who were willing to follow the race. Now, everybody was able to see how important was to perform well in the first and the last stations, in fact the key for a great result. Or for a disaster! The hot phase had started and the Czech Pavel Kurfürst reached a new best time, with 258,5 seconds, with the Norwegian Martin Jullum immediately afterwards, 8 seconds behind Kurfürst. There are six missing athletes to finish their races and the relative positions of the first three remained the same, with Kurfürst in the lead, followed by Jullum and Furucz. Mihaczi was in the 4th place, while the Italian Remo Madella and Inês Domingues closed the podium places.

Now is the time of the Swedish Martin Fredholm to finish his race with 331,5 seconds overall, losing precious seconds on the last station but still entering directly to the 6th position and moving definitely Inês Domingues away from the podium. The last station was fatal to Lauri Kontkanen, Finland, finishing 20 seconds after Fredholm and staying automatically out of the podium. Instead of a not so good start, Pinja Makinen concluded his course with the time of 323.5 seconds, reaching the 5th place, before Madella. Fredholm is now out of the podium. Finally, the winners of the Qualifying Heats, the last to leave. Michele Cera finished with 314,5 seconds and reached the 5th place while Marit Wiksell, very irregular, couldn't do better than the 9th position with 351,5 seconds, the same time as Lauri Kontkanen. Inês Domingues finished in the eleven position, while Luis Gonçalves and João Pedro Valente were the 20th and the 33rd placed, respectively.


Results

1. Pavel Kurfürst (Czech Republic) 258,5 seconds
2. Martin Jullum (Norway) 266,5 seconds
3. Ján Furucz (Slovakia) 288,5 seconds
4. Zoltán Miháczi (Hungary) 297,5 seconds
5. Michele Cera (Italy) 314,5 seconds
6. Pinja Mäkinen (Finland) 323,5 seconds
7. Remo Madella (Italy) 324,5 seconds
8. Martin Fredholm (Sweden) 331,5 seconds
9. Marit Wiksell (Sweden) 351,5 seconds
9. Lauri Kontkanen (Finland) 351,5 seconds
11. Inês Domingues (Portugal) 356 seconds
(…)
20. Luis Gonçalves (Portugal) 432 seconds
33. João Pedro Valente (Portugal) 592 seconds

Full results and further information at http://www.etoc2016.cz/.

[Archive photo]


Joaquim Margarido

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

EOC 2016: Long Distance titles to Hubmann and Alexandersson



Daniel Hubmann, Switzerland, and Tove Alexandersson, Sweden, got the gold in the EOC's Long Distance final, hold early afternoon at Bila Vodá. The silver went to Norway, thanks to Magne Dæhli and Anne Margrethe Hausken Nordberg.


Daniel Hubmann. Switzerland, won the Men class with the time of 1:36:25. Having as a major goal the defense of his title, Hubmann had some troubles in the first controls, but managed to reach the best split time in the longest leg, on the way to the 6th control. He took the lead in a definitive way in the 11th control and was very consistent – and also very cautious – until the finish. “That was a tough race, but I managed to keep the speed till the end and I did good route choices. Now I'm very tired, but of course very happy”, said Hubmann in the end. The Norwegian Magne Dæhli did a great race and was second, 1:22 under Hubmann, which is the best place ever of his career. In his first EOC, the Swedish Martin Regborn upgraded the fourth place achieved in yesterday's Sprint and took a precious third place with the time of 1:38:33, which is his best ever so far. Sprint European Champion, the Swiss Matthias Kyburz missed once again a medal in a forest race, standing in the 7th position, at close 4 seconds to the podium places.

Having never reached a gold medal in the World or European Championships, the Swedih Tove Alexandersson finally managed to be the fastest, winning after a close race with the Norwegian Anne Margrethe Hausken Nordberg. With a strong start, Alexandersson took the leadership in the second control and never let it go since there. With a comfortable advantage in the final part of her course, the Swedish lose two minutes on her way to the last long leg and saw Hausken Nordberg approaches dangerously. In the end, Tove Alexandersson would register the time of 1:14:20, against 1:15:01 of her closer opponent. “It feels absolutely amazing. Apart from the mistake at the end, I made a very good race. It was a calm and stable race from the start. I have tried not to push too hard on the slopes and avoided the toughest slopes”, Alexandersson said in the end. Svetlana Mironova, Russia, got the third place, 2:33 after Alexandersson.


Results

Men class

1. Daniel Hubmann (Switzerland) 1:36:25 (+ 00:00)
2. Magne Daehli (Norway) 1:37:47 (+ 01:22)
3. Martin Regborn (Sweden) 1:38:33 (+ 02:08)
4. Carl Godager Kaas (Norway) 1:38:35 (+ 02:10)
5. Baptiste Rollier (Switzerlan) 1:39:23 (+ 02:58)
6. Fredrik Bakkman (Sweden) 1:39:32 (03:07

Women class

1. Tove Alexandersson (Sweden) 1:14:20 (+ 00:00)
2. Anne-Margrethe Hausken Nordberg (Norway) 1:15:01 (+ 00:41)
3. Svetlana Mironova (Russia) 1:16:53 (+ 02:33)
4. Natalia Vinogradova (Russia) 1:17:17 (+ 02:57)
5. Sabine Hauswirth (Switzerland) 1:18:24 (+ 04:04)
6. Hollie Orr (Great Britain) 1:18:50 (+ 04:30)

Complete results and further information to check at http://www.eoc2016.cz/en/.

Joaquim Margarido

ETOC 2016: Golden Relay to Italy and Sweden



Italy (Open class) and Sweden (Paralympic class) were the great winners of ETOC’s first day. In a TrailO Relay highly challenging, Portugal got an amazing 4th place.


The European Trail Orienteering Championships ETOC 2016 started today in Lazně Jeseník, Czech Republic. Representing 16 different countries, 34 teams of 3 members each took part in a brand new competition format, with a TrailO Relay being officially part of an IOF event's program for the first time ever. But the day was also memorable for some other reasons, namely for the use of SPORTIdent to validate the answers and the opportunity to follow live the event from home. (Unfortunately things weren't as good as they should be with the results, putting everybody on the verge of a nervous breakdown).

In the Open class, Italy showed once again how talented are its trail orienteers, reaching the gold with 557,5 seconds overall. After the bronze in WTOC TrailO Relay (unofficial) last year, in Zagreb, Remo Madella, Michele Cera and Alessio Tenani were unbeatable today, leading the race from the beginning and finishing with a big advantage over the concurrence. Facing really demanding tasks, none of the 102 competitors achieved a clean race in the PreO part and some of them performed far below the expected, like the Swedish Lennart Wahlgren or the Finnish Pinja Mäkinen, with five mistakes each. In the end, Sweden with 730 seconds and Slovakia with 765 seconds reached the remaining podium places. With a team of “rookies” – it was Grigas Piteira’s debut and the brothers Ines and Edgar Domingues had here their second international experience -, Portugal achieved the fourth place, 5,5 seconds better than Norway and 9,5 seconds faster than Finland.

In the Paralympic class, the team of Sweden confirmed its favoritism and achieved the gold after a tight fight with the Czech team. Jana Kosťová and Ola Jansson played the final face-to-face, but both performed similarly in the last Timed Station and the Czechs finished 19,5 seconds after Sweden. The team of Russia took the third place, with more 250,5 seconds than the winners. Looking for the final standings, the disappointment’s note goes to Finland and its 6th place in the Paralympic class. Also Croatia, Ukraine, Latvia and the Czech Republic were far below the expectations in the Open class.


Results

Open class

1. Italy (Remo Madella, Michele Cera, Alessio Tenani) 557,5 seconds
2. Sweden (Stig Gerdtman, Martin Fredholm, Marit Wiksell) 730 seconds
3. Slovakia (Marián Mikluš, Ján Furucz, Dušan Furucz) 765 seconds
4. Portugal (Inês Domingues, Grigas Piteira, Edgar Domingues) 795 seconds
5. Norway (Sigurd Dæhli, Widar Loland, Martin Jullum) 800,5 seconds
6. Finland (Jari Turto, Pinja Mäkinen, Lauri Kontkanen) 804,5 seconds

Paralympic class

1. Sweden (Inga Gunnarsson, Michael Johansson, Ola Jansson) 912,5 seconds
2. Czech Republic (Hanka Doležalová, Bohuslav Hůlka, Jana Kosťová) 932 seconds
3. Russia (Dmitry Dokuchaev, Dmitry Kucherenko, Pavel Shmatov) 1163 seconds
4. Latvia (Andrejs Šulcs, Vjačeslavs Lukaševičs, Guntis Jakubovskis) 1229,5 seconds
5. Italy (Mauro Nardo, Fabio Bortolami, Piergiorgio Zancanaro) 1465,5 seconds
6. Finland (Kari Pinola, Tuomo Markelin, Pekka Seppä) 1519 seconds

Full results and further information at http://www.etoc2016.cz/.

[Photo: Remo Madella / facebook.com/remo.madella]

Joaquim Margarido