Students from seven countries won gold medals in the Long Distance's eight Finals, which filled the first day of the ISF World Schools Orienteering Championships 2017.
After an one-year break, the ISF World Schools Orienteering Championships are back for their 17th edition. Searching for their path in the wonderful "Bosco della Ficuzza", in Palermo (Italy), 638 competitors from 27 countries showed their value in the first of two big finals, a Long Distance as demanding as fun.
In the School classes, the 12 medals were distributed by representatives of schools from seven countries, with the gold going to France, Scotland, Finland and Estonia. In either case, the winners got comfortable victories over their opponents, highlighting the advantage of Scotsman Matthew Gooch (Aboyerne Academy), of more than two minutes over Vit Stefan and seven minutes (!) over Lukas Link, both from Zakladni a Materska skola Studenec, Czech Republic. Another important note goes to the French Guilhem Elias (Lycée Honoré d'Urfe), the “king” of the European Youth Orienteering Championships EYOC 2016, where he won two gold and one bronze medals, here performing again at the highest level.
In the Selected classes, Austria was in evidence thanks to the triumphs of Jannis Bonek (M1 class) and Elena Zainer (W1 class), with the remaining victories going to the Spanish Gustav Wiren (M2 class) and the Belgian Laurence Defraigne (W2 class). It's fair to remark the excellent presence of Spain, that still achieved two silver medals, and Slovakia, without gold medals, it's true, but with two silver and two bronze medals. The big surprise, however, goes to the Belgium Laurence Defraigne, by winning the W2 class, with a ten-second advantage over the Spanish Laura Fidalgo, second placed. In the eight finals, Gustav Wiren's triumph was the largest, with a 3:24 advantage over the second-placed, his team mate Florencio Garcia, while the narrowest win was registered in Selected W2, where the Austrian Elena Zeiner won the Slovakian Tereza Smelikova for just two seconds.
1. Guilhem Elias (Lycée Honoré d'Urfe, FRA) 46:42 (+ 00:00)
2. Sabin Coupat (Lycée Honoré d'Urfe, FRA) 48:04 (+ 01:22)
3. Emil Aselius (Eksjo Gymnasium, SWE) 48:23 (+ 01:41)
1. Matthew Gooch (Aboyerne Academy, SCO) 40:57 (+ 00:00)
2. Vit Stefan (Zakladni a Materska skola Studenec, CZE) 43:07 (+ 02:10)
3. Lukas Link (Zakladni a Materska skola Studenec, CZE) 48:06 (+ 07:09)
1. Jasmiina Rantala (Mäkelänrinteen Lukio, FIN) 43:59 (+ 00:00)
2. Johanna Källvik Leufven (Eksjo Gymnasium, SWE) 45:22 (+ 01:23)
3. Isa Envall (Eksjo Gymnasium, SWE) 47:52 (+ 03:53)
1. Johanna Laanoja (Pölva, EST) 36:54 (+ 00:00)
2. Merryn Stangroom (Ulverston Victoria High School, ENG) 39:30 (+ 02:36)
3. Tereza Chrastova (Zakladni a Materska skola Studenec, CZE) 40:29 (+ 03:35)
1. Jannis Bonek (Austria) 49:01 (+ 00:00)
2. Jakub Dekret (Slovakia) 50:31 (+ 01:30)
3. Jakub Chupek (Slovakia) 53:38 (+ 04:37)
1. Gustav Wiren (Spain) 45:28 (+ 00:00)
2. Florencio Garcia (Spain) 48:52 (+ 03:24)
3. Peter Molloy (Scotland) 49:18 (+ 03:50)
1. Elena Zeiner (Austria) 49:26 (+ 00:00)
2. Tereza Smelikova (Slovakia) 49:28 (+ 00:02)
3. Elia Olsson (Sweden) 50:47 (+ 01:21)
1. Laurence Defraigne (Belgium FR) 41:41 (+ 00:00)
2. Laura Fidalgo (Spain) 41:51 (+ 00:10)
3. Dorota Smelikova (Slovakia) 43:40 (+ 01:59)
Results and further information at http://www.isfsports.org/wsc-orienteering.
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