The Junior World Ski Orienteering Championships and the European Youth Ski Orienteering Championships kicked off yesterday, with Finland, Russia and Sweden at the highest level in the Sprint race, as well as Switzerland, the only country to meddle in the "dance" of medals.
The competitions had the participation of 164 athletes overall and the strongest note was given by home team, Finland, filling the women's podium of the Junior World Championships. Sprint silver medalist in Obertilliach, Austria, in 2016, Liisa Nenonen was the fastest today, finishing with a comfortable 41 second advantage over the second-placed, Tuuli Suutari. In the Men 20 class, the Russian Vladislav Kiselev reached the gold medal for the third year in a row, winning on the Finn Elmeri Toivanen by a 15-second advantage.
Finland returned to stand out in the European Youth Ski Orienteering Championships, with Eerik Nurminen being the strongest amongst the male competitors, leaving the Russian German Sazykin at 18 seconds of distance. Finally, in the Women 17 class, it was possible to see the colors of Switzerland rise to the highest place on the podium by Lea Widmer, after a tight duel with the Russian Veronika Kalinina.
1. Vladislav Kiselev (Russia) 12:13 (+ 00:00)
2. Elmeri Toivanen (Finland) 12:28 (+ 00:15)
3. Robin Salen (Sweden) 12:37 (+ 00:24)
1. Liisa Nenonen (Finland) 14:03 (+ 00:00)
2. Tuuli Suutari (Finland) 14:44 (+ 00:41)
3. Veera Klemettinen (Finland) 15:17 (+ 01:14)
1. Eerik Nurminen (Finland) 10:13 (+ 00:00)
2. German Sazykin (Russia) 10:31 (+ 00:18)
3. Corsin Boos (Switzerland) 10:55 (+ 00:42)
1. Lea Widmer (Switzerland) 11:08 (+ 00:00)
2. Veronika Kalinina (Russia) 11:19 (+ 00:11)
3. Siiri Saalo (Finland) 11:40 (+ 00:32)
Complete results and further information at http://skiofinland.fi/en.
[Photos: Malin Fuhr / IOF / facebook.com/IOFarena]