Saturday, February 11, 2017

ESOC 2017: Gold for Moholdt and Alexandersson in the Middle Distance


In the fourth day of competition, the European Ski Orienteering Championhips 2017 knew a different winner in the Men class. Lars Moholdt broke Andrey Lamov's winning series, repeating the first place achieved last year in Obertilliach, Austria. In the Women class, Tove Alexandersson reached the gold for the second time this year.


After three consecutive gold medals, the Russian Andrey Lamov experienced lots of problems in the Long Distance race that filled the program of the fourth day of the European Ski Orienteering Championships 2017 and, quite soon, was unable to fight for the top positions. The balance was a constant, with the top six finishing close to each others. Great hero of Obertilliach, after reaching the three individual gold medals of the ESOC 2016, Lars Moholdt, Norway, was able to disguise a less succeeded week so far, performing at the highest level and winning with the time of 26:15. The second place went to the Russian Kiril Veselov with 24 seconds more, while his team mate, Andrey Grigoriev, reached the third place, 26 seconds behind Moholdt.

In the Women class, the Russian Mariya Kechkina and the Swedish Tove Alexandersson repeated the vibrant duel of ESOC 2016, this time with the victory smiling to Alexandersson with the time of 43:12. Mariya Kechkina would finish her race 1:33 after the winner, with the third position being achieved by the European Long Distance Champion in title, the Russian Alena Trapeznikova, with the time of 45:20. The Finn Salla Koskela was able to meddle in this particular contest between Russians and Swedes for the top 6 places, finishing in the 5th position with more 3:08 than the winner.


Results

Men class
1. Lars Moholdt (Norway) 42:02 (+ 00:00)
2. Kiril Veselov (Russia) 42:26 (+ 00:24)
3. Andrey Grigoriev (Russia) 42:28 (+ 00:26)
4. Ville Petteri Saarela (Finland) 42:30 (+ 00:28)
5. Tero Linnainmaa (Finland) 42:41 (+ 00:39)
6. Martin Hammarberg (Sweden) 42:44 (+ 00:42)

Women class
1. Tove Alexandersson (Sweden) 43:12 (+ 00:00)
2. Mariya Kechkina (Russia) 44:45 (+ 01:33)
3. Alena Trapeznikova (Russia) 45:20 (+ 02:08)
4. Anastasia Kravchenko (Russia) 45:59 (+ 02:47)
5. Salla Koskela (Finland) 46:20 (+ 03:08)
5. Polina Frolova (Russia) 46:20 (+ 03:08)

Complete results and further information at http://skiofinland.fi/en.

Joaquim Margarido

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