Friday, March 03, 2017

Mediterranean Championships in Orienteering: Second victory in a row for Turkey



For the second year in a row, Turkey won the Mediterranean Championships in Orienteering. Individually, stands out for the Italians Mattia Debertolis and Irene Possebon and the Turkish Ayse Bozkurt with two victories each.


Precious touristic jewell, the Turkish region of Antalya is also a meeting point for orienteers from all over the world, especially at this time of the year. It happened with the first round of the World Cup 2014, it happened now with the 6th edition of the Mediterranean Championships in Orienteering / Antalya O' Days, event attended by national teams of Turkey, Italy, Serbia and Egypt and gathering nearly 800 competitors.

With three individual distances in the program, all of them scoring for the IOF World Ranking, the Antalya O' Days started with a “short” Middle Distance, having in Arturs Paulins (Igtisa) and Anastasia Borovkova (Novorossyisk) the winners. Even if Serbia got two out of four victories (Nikola Bilic in the Men Elite class and Stefan Bilic in the Men Junior class, Turkey took the MCO's leadership with 40 points, 5 points ahead Serbia and an eight-point advantage over Italy. Borovkova also won the Antalya O' Days Long Distance in the Women Elite, while Mattia Debertolis and Irene Pozzebon, both from Italy, got victories in the MCO Long Distance. Turkey was able to stretch the advantage over its most direct opponents, finishing the second day with 66 points, against 92 from Italy and 101 from Serbia.

Debertolis and Pozzebon repeated victories in the MCO Sprint that fulfilled the competition's third day, but it was insufficient to achieve the overall victory. For the third day in a row, Turkey kept the standings leadership, having in Emine Sezgünsay (one victory and one second place in Women Elite class), Ayse Bozkurt (two victories in Women Junior class), Talha Gunday (one victory and one second place in Men Junior class) and Yasar Ismet Demiröz (two second places in Men Elite class) its most valuable pieces. Turkey won with 102 points, Italy achieved the second position with 134 points, Serbia finished in the third place with 160 points and Egypt got the fourth position with 234 points.




Results

Men Elite

Middle Distance
1. Arturs Paulins (Igtisa) 22:06 (+ 00:00)
2. Sergei Detkov (CSP Novgorod) 22:09 (+ 00:03)
3. Ahmet Kaçmaz (Adrenalin GSK) 22:16 (+ 00:10
4. (1.) Nikola Bilic (Serbia) 22:19 (+ 00:13)
5. Sergei Borovkov (Novorossyisk) 22:36 (+ 00:30)
6. (2.) Mattia Debertolis (Italy) 23:04 (+ 00:58)
7. (3.) Yasar Ismet Demiröz (Turkey) 23:25 (+ 01:19)

Long Distance
1. (1.) Mattia Debertolis (Italy) 1:25:45 (+ 00:00)
2. Arturs Paulins (Igtisa) 1:25:47 (+ 00:02)
3. (2.) Yasar Ismet Demiröz (Turkey) 1:26:50 (+ 01:05)
4. Ramazan Bostanci (Türk Silahli Kuvvetleri SK-TSK) 1:30:07 (+ 04:22)
5. Ahmet Kaçmaz (Adrenalin GSK) 1:30:11 (+ 04:26)
(…)
8. (3.) Özgür Fettah (Turkey) 1:37:00 (+ 11:15)

Sprint
1. (1.) Mattia Debertolis (Italy) 14:38 (+ 00:00)
2. Sergei Detkov (CSP Novgorod) 14:44 (+ 00:06)
3. (2.) Yasar Ismet Demiröz (Turkey) 14:50 (+ 00:12)
4. Orhan Kutlu (Kuzey Geyikleri DSK) 14:55 (+ 00:17)
5. Arturs Paulins (Igtisa) 14:58 (+ 00:20)
6. (3.) Nikola Bilic (Serbia) 15:11 (+ 00:33)


Women Elite

Middle Distance
1. Anastasia Borovkova (Novorossyisk) 24:46 (+ 00:00)
2. (1.) Emine Sezgünsay (Turkey) 25:37 (+ 00:51)
3. (2.) Francesca Taufer (Italy) 26:03 (+ 01:17)
4. (3.) Büsra Muslu (Turkey) 27:38 (+ 02:52)
5. Dudu Erol (Odtü SK) 28:01 (+ 03:15)

Long Distance
1. Anastasia Borovkova (Novorossyisk) 1:15:20 (+ 00:00)
2. (1.) Irene Pozzebon (Italy) 1:21:12 (+ 05:52)
3. (2.) Emine Sezgünsay (Turkey) 1:21:14 (+ 05:54)
4. Dilek Matyar (Patika SK-Patik) 1:22:26 (+ 07:06)
5. (3.) Büsra Muslu (Turkey) 1:32:30 (+ 17:10)

Sprint
1. (1.) Irene Pozzebon (Italy) 17:07 (+ 00:00)
2. (2.) Francesca Taufer (Italy) 17:28 (+ 00:21)
3. Anastasia Borovkova (Novorossyisk) 18:04 (+ 00:57)
4. (3.) Emine Sezgünsay (Turkey) 18:24 (+ 01:17)
5. (4.) Büsra Muslu (Turkey) 18:59 (+ 01:52)

Full results and further information at http://www.orienteering.org.tr.

[Photo courtesy of José Angel Nieto Poblete]

Joaquim Margarido

[Portuguese Orienteering Blog wishes to thank you José Angel Nieto Poblete for his cooperation by sending results, maps and photos]

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