Monday, February 20, 2017

29th Murcia Costa Calida International Trophy: Victories for Runesson and Kinni

Johan Runesson and Saila Kinni were the brightest stars of the 29th Murcia Costa Calida International Trophy, the second oldest orienteering event in Spain. Held in Caravaca de la Cruz and Cehegín, two cities of Murcia region, the event gathered more than 1,200 competitors from 17 different countries.

After the 15th Costa Blanca Trophy and the 4th Lorca O' Meeting, the Spanish Orienteering calendar moved ahead this weekend with the 29th Murcia Costa Calida International Trophy, Spain's second oldest orienteering event and also one which, from the beginning, has deserved the trust of runners from Spain and also numerous countries from all Europe. So it was this year, with more than 1,200 competitors from 17 different countries heading to Caravaca de la Cruz and Cehegín for three stages of high level orienteering.

The event couldn't have a better start, offering a Long Distance WRE stage, scoring for the IOF World Orienteering Ranking, on the map of Llano de Arriba, 8 km west of Caravaca. Moderately hilly and, in some areas of replanted forest, with reduced visibility, the race was dominated by two representatives of Tampereen Pyrinto, Johan Runesson, Sweden, and Saila Kinni, Finland, respectively in Men Elite class and Women Elite class. Keeping a very strong pace along the course, Runesson achieved the fastest time in eleven out of twenty-six controls, leading the race from start to finish. The advantage reached along the course allowed him to survive a one-minute mistake, already in the course's final part, ending with the time of 1:22:05. The Norwegian Magne Dæhli (Halden SK) finished 1:50 after the winner, reaching the second position, while the third place went to the Spanish Andreu Blanes (Colivenc), with the time of 1:24:51. In the Women's competition, Saila Kinni showed a huge consistency throughout the course, allowing her to win seconds after seconds over her most direct rivals, scoring 1:09:55 at the finish and a four-minute lead on the second ranked, the Russian Anastasia Rudnaya (MS Parma). In the third place, with more 5:46 than the winner, finished Sari Anttonen (Keuruun Kisailijat), Finland, while the best Spanish athlete was Esther Gil (Colivenc) in the 12th place, 18:46 after Kinni.

Held in the afternoon of the first day, in the historical centre of Cehegín, the Sprint stage was dominated by Spanish athletes in the Men's sector. Eduardo Gil (Tjalve), Andreu Blanes and Antonio Martínez (Colivenc), the three best Spanish orienteers currently, finished the race by this order. After a fourty-second mistake on her way to the fifth control, Anastasia Rudnaya reach the second placed in the Women Elite class, this time with a one-second disadvantage to the winner, Sari Anttonen. The Middle Distance stage that ended the 29th Murcia Costa Cálida International Trophy was held in Cañada de Canara, Cehegín, and saw Johan Runesson and Saila Kinni keeping the advantage brought from the eve and calling to themselves the first place in the overall standings. Runesson reached the second placed in the stage, six seconds behind the winner, Andreu Blanes, who spent 34:16. The fight for the victory between the two competitors was really intense, with Runesson breaking in the very final part of the course, after having been leading 21 out of 24 controls. In the Women Elite class, the triumph finally smiled to Rudnaya with the time of 32:12, with Anttonen and Kinni, finishing second and third, with more 1:38 and 1:39 respectively than the winner. Andreu Blanes and Violeta Feliciano (Colivenc) were the best Spanish athletes overall.


Long Distance WRE

Men Elite
1. Johan Runesson (Tampereen Pyrinto) 1:22:05 (+ 00:00)
2. Magne Dæhli (Halden SK) 1:23:55 (+ 01:50)
3. Andreu Blanes (Colivenc) 1:24:51 (+ 02:46)
4. Vojtech Král (IFK Mora OK) 1:30:28 (+ 08:23)
5. Martin Regborn (Hagaby GoIF) 1:30:37 (+ 08:32)

Women Elite
1. Saila Kinni (Tampereen Pyrinto) 1:09:55 (+ 00:00)
2. Anastasia Rudnaya (MS Parma) 1:13:55 (+ 04:00)
3. Sari Anttonen (Keuruun Kisailijat) 1:15:41 (+ 05:46)
4. Henna Haikonen (Anttolan Urheilijat) 1:19:56 (+ 10:01)
5. Kristin Löfgren (IFK Mora OK) 1:20:44 (+ 10:49)


Men Elite
1. Eduardo Gil (Tjalve) 16:04 (+ 00:00)
2. Andreu Blanes (Colivenc) 16:11 (+ 00:07)
3. António Martínez (Colivenc) 16:18 (+ 00:14)
4. Vojtech Král (IFK Mora OK) 16:21 (+ 00:17)
5. Isac Von Krusenstierna (OK Kare) 16:26 (+ 00:22)

Women Elite
1. Sari Anttonen (Keuruun Kisailijat) 15:50 (+ 00:00)
2. Anastasia Rudnaya (MS Parma) 15:51 (+ 00:01)
3. Maija Sianoja (MS Parma) 16:24 (+ 00:34)
4. Maria Prieto Del Campo (Malarruta) 16:52 (+ 01:02)
5. Miia Niittynen (Koovee) 17:17 (+ 01:27)

Middle Distance

Men Elite
1. António Martínez (Colivenc) 34:16 (+ 00:00)
2. Johan Runesson (Tampereen Pyrinto) 34:22 (+ 00:06)
3. Andreu Blanes (Colivenc) 34:40 (+ 00:24)
4. Eduardo Gil (Tjalve) 34:44 (00:28)
5. Eetu Savolainen (Ikaalisten Noiseva V) 35:02 (+ 00:46)

Women Elite
1. Anastasia Rudnaya (MS Parma) 32:12 (+ 00:01)
2. Sari Anttonen (Keuruun Kisailijat) 33:50 (+ 01:38)
3. Saila Kinni (Tampereen Pyrinto) 33:51 (+ 01:39)
4. Henna Haikonen (Anttolan Urheilijat) 34:52 (+ 02:40)
5. Silje Ekroll Jahren (OL Norska) 35:13 (+ 03:01)

Overall results

Men Elite
1. Johan Runesson (Tampereen Pyrinto) 2:14:06 (+ 00:00)
2. Andreu Blanes (Colivenc) 2:15:42 (+ 01:36)
3. António Martínez (Colivenc) 2:24:39 (+ 10:33)
4. Manuel Jurado (Sant Joan) 2:30:26 (+ 16:20)
5. Eetu Savolainen (Ikaalisten Noiseva V) 2:30:34 (+ 16:28)

Women Elite
1. Saila Kinni (Tampereen Pyrinto) 2:01.21 (+ 00:00)
2. Anastasia Rudnaya (MS Parma) 2:01:58 (+ 00:37)
3. Sari Anttonen (Keuruun Kisailijat) 2:05:21 (+ 04:00)
4. Sofia Haajanen (SK Pohjantahti) 2:17:09 (+ 15:48)
5. Miia Niittynen (Koovee) 2:22:30 (+ 21:09)

Complete results and further information at

[Photo: FEDO / Comunicacion Federacion Española de Orientacion]

Joaquim Margarido

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