Saturday, March 11, 2017

WSOC 2017: Long Distance gold for Rost and Kechkina



Erik Rost and Mariya Kechkina achieved the last individual titles of the World Ski Orienteering Championships 2017. It was Rost's second gold in Krasnoyarsk and the first World title ever for Mariya Kechkina.


The World Ski Orienteering Championships 2017 are about to end. Today took place the Long Distance Mass Start, allowing to know the winners of the last individual races of this 22nd edition of the Championships. After achieving the gold medal in the Sprint, Erik Rost, Sweden, was again the fastest among the 47 athletes at the start, finishing his race with the time of 1:46:04. Really demanding, both physically and technically, the race met several interesting moments and also lots of changes in the lead. Erik Rost was the strongest in the very first moments but a less good option to the 4th control made him to lose the lead to the Russian Andrey Grigoriev. One of the great figures of the race would be the Norwegian Lars Moholdt, here defending the title achieved two years ago in Hamar/Løten, keeping in the lead throughout almost half of the race. Rost's bigger consistency in the last controls led him to regain the lead close to the end and finishing with the gold on his chest. With a half-minute difference between them in the final loop, the Russians Kirill Veselov, Andrey Lamov and Grigoriev, discussed with Moholdt the access to the podium places, finally Veselov being the second placed with 1:18 more than Rost. Moholdt and Lamov fought an intense duel to the last meters, being necessary to watch the photo-finish to realize that the bronze medal would belong to the Norwegian with the time of 1:47:27.

The Russian athletes demonstrated an enormous superiority in the women race, fulfilling the first four positions in a 27-competitor start field. Taking the lead still in the initial part of the race - her advantage was already of about 4 minutes at the passage by the 8th control -, Mariya Kechkina achieved a clear victory with the time of 1:25:33, reaching the first world title of the her career and offering to her country the first gold medal in these Championships. Alena Trapeznikova was unable to cope with the strenght of her compatriot, finishing in the second place with a disadvantage close to five minutes. World Vice-Champion of Sprint, Middle Distance and Mixed Sprint Relay, Polina Frolova got a place on the podium again, being third placed with the time of 1:30:41. Great figure in the Championships after having won three gold medals in the first three days of competition, the Swedish Tove Alexandersson didn't finish her race due to physical problems.


Results

Men
1. Erik Rost (Sweden) 1:46:04 (+ 00:00)
2. Kirill Veselov (Russia) 1:47:22 (+ 01:18)
3. Lars Moholdt (Norway) 1:47:27 (+ 01:23)
4. Andrey Lamov (Russia) 1:47:28 (+ 01:24)
5. Andrey Grigoriev (Russia) 1:47:34 (+ 01:30)
6. Martin Hammarberg (Sweden) 1:51:05 (+ 05:01)

Women
1. Mariya Kechkina (Russia) 1:25:33 (+ 00:00)
2. Alena Trapeznikova (Russia) 1:30:27 (+ 04:54)
3. Polina Frolova (Russia) 1:30:41 (+ 05:08)
4. Tatyana Oborina (Russia) 1:32:52 (+ 07:19)
5. Marjut Turunen (Finland) 1:35:04 (+ 09:31)
6. Antoniya Grigorova (Bulgaria) 1:39:31 (+ 13:58)

Complete results and further information can be found at http://www.wsoc2017.ru/en/.

[Photo: WSOC 2017 / http://www.wsoc2017.ru]

Joaquim Margarido

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