Sunday, February 12, 2017

JWSOC 2017: Relay gold for Russia and Finland


Monopolizing the gold in the individual stages of the Junior World Ski Orienteering Championships 2017, Russia and Finland were the Relay's natural winners, respectively in the Men 20 and Women 20 classes. Vladislav Kiselev reached the fourth gold medal of the Championships, upholded by Liisa Nenonen, with three world titles.


The Relay in the Men 20 class watched a particularly celebrated start, with Finland clinching the first leg in the lead, with a narrow two-second advantage on the super-favorite Russia. In the second leg, Vadim Ogorodnikov would define positions in a practically decisive way, reaching a comfortable lead of 2:21 over Finland, second-ranked. In the third leg, Vladislav Kiselev had no trouble to hold the advantage, offering the victory to Russia with the overall time of 1:35:17. But the great protagonist of the decisive leg was the Swedish Henning Sjokvist, recovering seconds behind seconds to finish in the second position, just 55 seconds after Kiselev. The third place went to Finland with the overall time of 1:37:10. This result enshrines Vladislav Kiselev as the great figure of the Junior World Ski Orienteering Championships 2017, adding a new gold medal to the three previously titles achieved in all individual finals.

The Women 20 class relay had a surprisingly start, with Russia taking a good one-minute-and-half lead on the favorite Finland after an amazing performance of Marina Vyatkina. Nina Kuklina would be able to preserve the Russian's lead in the end of the second leg, but the advantage over Finland was shorter, now, summing up nine seconds. On her way to the third World title, Liisa Nenonen was unstoppable, offering the victory to Finland with the overall time of 1:34:38. Russia reached the silver, 1:27 after the winners, while the bronze went to Norway, with more 9:38 than Finland. Like in the European Ski Orienteering Championships 2017, the table of medals of the JWSOC 2017 registered Russia in the lead with five gold medals, three silver and one bronze. Finland got the second place with three gold, four silver and four bronze. Sweden, with one silver medal and two bronze and Norway, with one bronze medal also have a place in the list.


Results

Men 20

1. Russia (Aleksandr Pavlenko, Vadim Ogorodnikov, Vladislav Kiselev) 1:35:17 (+ 00:00)
2. Sweden (Rasmus Wickborn, Filip Jacobsson, Hanning Sjokvist) 1:36:12 (+ 00:55)
3. Finland (Tommi Harkonen, Elmeri Toivanen, Eevert Toivonen) 1:37:10 (+ 01:53)
4. Norway (Audun Heimdal, Eivind Ofsthus Gravir, Jorgen Baklid) 1:40:40 (+ 05.23)
5. Czech Republic (Ondrej Hlavac, Vojtech Bartos, Ondrej Stary) 1:44:48 (+ 09:31)
6. Lithuania (Ignas Ambrazas, Kasparas Sulcys, Rokas Vaitkus) 1:46:30 (+ 11:13)

Women 20

1. Finland (Tuuli Suutari, Veera Klemettinen, Liisa Nenonen) 1:34:38 (+ 00:00)
2. Russia ( Marina Vyatkina, Nina Kuklina, Aleksandra Rusakova) 1:36:05 (+ 01:27)
3. Norway (Tilla Farnes hennum, Synne Strand, Victoria Haestad Bjornstad) 1:44:16 (+ 09:38)
4. Sweden (Klara Ingvensson, Gabriella Gustafsson, Sofia Westin) 1:47:11 (+ 12:33)
5. Estonia (Epp Paalberg, Kaisa Rooba, Doris Kudre) 1:48:08 (+ 13:30)
6. Lithuania (Judita Traubaite, Juste Umbrasaite, Migle Susinskaite) 1:56:41 (+ 22:03)

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

Joaquim Margarido

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