Tuesday, February 07, 2017

ESOC 2017: Perfect start for Lamov and Alexandersson

Andrey Lamov and Tove Alexandersson were the big stars of the European Ski Orienteering Championships' kick off, in Imatra, Finland, this morning. On the Sprint podium, Russia, Sweden and the host country shared medals.

Three years after the Sprint title achieved on home ground (Tyumen, Russia), Andrey Lamov was able to celebrate again the European gold, crowning the best way a perfect race held in Imatra, Finland, at the opening of the European Ski Orienteering Championships 2017. “Sun is shining in Finland”, commented Lamov on his Facebook page about a seventeen-second victory over a “surprising” Jyri Uusitalo, Finland, 15t placed in the IOF World Ranking. Sergey Gorlanov and Andrey Grigoriev, both from Russian, reached the next two places, respectively 19 and 25 seconds after the winner. Lars Moholdt, Norway, former European Champion, couldn't reach better than the 18th position, 1:09 after Lamov.

In the Women class, Tove Alexandersson, Sweden, achieved her second European Sprint title in a row, after an amazing race. The IOF World Ranking leader showed a huge supremacy over the concurrence, finishing with a nearly one-minute lead. 24th placed in the IOF World Ranking, Mirka Suutari offered to Finland the second silver medal of the day, while Magdalena Olsson, Sweden, finished third, just three seconds after Suutari. The race was attended by 87 competitors, 55 in the Men class and 32 in the Women class.


Men class
1. Andrey Lamov (Russia) 13:56 (+ 00:00)
2. Jyri Uusitalo (Finland) 14:13 (+ 00:17)
3. Sergey Gorlanov (Russia) 14:15 (+ 00:19)
4. Andrey Grigoriev (Russia) 14:21 (+ 00:25)
5. Mattis Jaama (Estonia) 14:30 (+ 00:34)
6. Janne Hakkinen (Finland) 14:34 (+ 00:38)

Women class
1. Tove Alexandersson (Sweden) 14:37 (+ 00:00)
2. Mirka Suutari (Finland) 15:35 (+ 00:58)
3. Magdalena Olsson (Sweden) 15:38 (+ 01:01)
4. Mariya Kechkina (Russia) 15:45 (+ 01:08)
4. Polina Frolova (Russia) 15:45 (+ 01:08)
6. Marjut Turunen (Finland) 15:47 (+ 01:10)

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

[Photo: Malin Fuhr / IOF / facebook.com/IOFarena]

Joaquim Margarido

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