Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spanish Orienteering Championships 2017: Anna Serralonga and Antonio Martinez were the main figures



The Holy Week ended and, with it, the Spanish Orienteering Championships CEO 2017, which called to Canencia and Miraflores de la Sierra (Madrid) close to 1,900 competitors. Three days, five races and 27 medals distributed in the Elite category, mostly achieved by the Valencian Community and Catalonia, are a few numbers of a great event. Individually, Antonio Martínez and Anna Serralonga were the main figures.


Organized by GOCAN – Grupo de Orientación Complutense y Actividades en la Naturaleza, Spanish Orienteering Federation and International Orienteering Federation, the CEO 2017 kicked off on Friday, 14th April, in Pinares de Canencia with the Middle Distance, a very technical and fast race in which no one was saved from mistakes. In the Women Elite class, Esther Gil (Colivenc), was the fastest, ahead of the favorite, Anna Serrallonga (Go-Xtrem) and Annabel Valledor (Badalona-O). Among the Men, Luis Nogueira (COMA) achieved a surprising gold, ahead of Antonio Martinez (Colivenc), who was also a favorite. The bronze was taken by Eduardo Gil (Tjalve).

Friday afternoon, took place the always exciting Relay races, in which Catalonia and Valencia fought hardly for the victory, both in Men and Women Elite classes. The women's team of Catalonia would take the gold for the second year in a row, ahead of the Valencian Community and Castilla la Mancha. In the men's class, the Valencia team climbed to the top of the podium, ahead of Andalusia and Catalonia, who contested the silver in a tight and intense final.


10 individual medals for Colivenc

The second day of competition was dedicated to the urban races, having Miraflores de la Sierra as the perfect stage for two amazing moments. Scoring for the IOF Sprint Orienteering World Ranking, the Sprint had in the athletes of Center Esportiu Colivenc (Alicante), Violeta Feliciano and Andreu Blanes, the big winners. The podium was completed by Ona Ràfols (COC) and Anna Serrallonga, in the Women's class, and Eduardo Gil and Antonio Martínez, in the Men's class. During the afternoon, time for the Mixed Relay where Catalonia achieved the first and the second positions, ahead of Castile and Leon, third placed.

The third day of competition was reserved for the Long Distance that will surely be the hardest of the season, not only for the demanding courses but also for taking place after two intense days. After 1 hour and 21 minutes of race, Anna Serrallonga got the victory by just eight seconds over Esther Gil. The bronze would be achieved by Violeta Feliciano. In men Antonio Martinez would take the gold ahead of his team mates, Andreu Blances and Roger Casal. Looking on the overall standings, the Center Esportiu Colivenc took 10 out of 18 possible medals in the individual races, being possible to say that the Valencians were stronger in the individual races, while the Catalans got the most out of the Relay races.


Results

Long Distance

Men Elite
1. Antonio Martinez (Colivenc) 1:14:28 (+ 00:00)
2. Andreu Blanes (Colivenc) 1:17:07 (+ 02:39)
3. Roger Casal (Colivenc) 1:22:01 (+ 07:33)
4. Eduardo Gil (Tjalve) 1:22:50 (+ 08:22)
5. Pau Llorens (COB) 1:23:35 (+ 09:07)

Women Elite
1. Anna Serralonga (Go-Xtrem) 1:21:44 (+ 00:00)
2. Esther Gil (Colivenc) 1:21:52 (+ 00:08)
3. Violeta Feliciano (Colivenc) 1:27:23 (+ 05:39)
4. Ona Ràfols (COC) 1:28:39 (+ 06:55)
5. Annabel Valledor (Badalona-O) 1:36:42 (+ 14:58)

Middle Distance

Men Elite
1. Luis Nogueira (COMA) 28:10 (+ 00:00)
2. Antonio Martinez (Colivenc) 29:46 (+ 01:36)
3. Eduardo Gil (Tjalve) 29:51 (+ 01:41)
4. Marc Serralonga (Go-Xtrem) 30:08 (+ 01:58)
5. Andreu Blanes (Colivenc) 30:24 (+ 02:14)
5. Roger Casal (Colivenc) 30:24 (+ 02:14)

Women Elite
1. Esther Gil (Colivenc) 37:43 (+ 00:00)
2. Anna Serralonga (Go-Xtrem) 38:47 (+ 01:04)
3. Annabel Valledor (Badalona-O) 42:38 (+ 04:55)
4. Ona Ràfols (COC) 42:57 (+ 05:14)
5. Esmeralda Ruiz (Sant Joan) 45:28 (+ 07:45)

WRE Sprint

Men Elite
1. Andreu Blanes (Colivenc) 13:37 (+ 00:00)
2. Eduardo Gil (Tjalve) 13:45 (+ 00:08)
3. Ricardo Ferreira (FPO Portuguese Team) 14:47 (+ 01:10)
3. João Mega Figueiredo (FPO Portuguese Team) 14:47 (+ 01:10)
5. Gregory Ahlswede (Escondite-M) 15:06 (+ 01:29)

Women Elite
1. Violeta Feliciano (Colivenc) 13:25 (+ 00:00)
2. Ona Ràfols (COC) 13:34 (+ 00:09)
3. Anna Serralonga (Go-Xtrem) 13:57 (+ 00:32)
4. Mariana Moreira (FPO Portuguese Team) 14:00 (+ 00:35)
5. Amparo Gil (COB) 14:21 (+ 00:56)

Relay

Men Elite
1. Comunidad Valenciana (Roger Casal, Andreu Blanes, Antonio Martinez) 1:38:49 (+ 00:00)
2. Andalucia A (Jose Manuel Garcia, Javier Ruiz de la Herran, Luis Nogueira) 1:45:44 (+ 06:55)
3. Cataluña A (Marc Serralonga, Biel Ràfols, Pau Llorens) 1:45:59 (+ 07:10)
4. Madrid A (Greg Ahlswede, Alvaro Benavente, Alvaro Prieto Del Campo) 1:52:09 (+ 13:20)
5. Cataluña C (David Tarres, Llei Viles Bonet, Eloi Marti) 1:53:34 (+ 14:45)

Women Elite
1. Cataluña A (Ona Ràfols, Amparo Gil, Anna Serralonga) 1:30:32 (+ 00:00)
2. Comunidad Valenciana A (Violeta Feliciano, Esmeralda Ruiz, Esther Gil) 1:39:15 (+ 08:43)
3. Castilla-La Mancha A (Carmen Patiño, Maria Rodriguez, Guadalupe Moreno) 1:48:03 (+ 17:31)
4. Cataluña B (Marta Sanchez, Laura serra, Annabel Valledor) 1:50:13 (+ 19:41)
5. Castilla Y León A (Marina Garcia, Marta Perez, Amanda Pons) 1:52:45 (+ 22:13)

Mixed Relay

1. Cataluña A (Ona Ràfols, Pau Llorens, Marc Serralonga, Anna Serralonga) 45:25 (+ 00:00)
2. Cataluña B (Laura Serra, Biel Ràfols, Pol Ràfols, Amparo Gil) 51:51 (+ 06:26)
3. Castilla Y León A (Marina Garcia, Diego Lázaro de Juan, Cosme Sánchez, Yara Bores) 53:33 (+ 08:08)
4. Cataluña C (Andrea Guillen, Eloi Martí, Sebastián Ordoñez, Laia Gil) 56:41 (+ 11:16)
5. Aragón A (Jara Gracia, Israel Fuentes, Jesus Chicharro, Esther Arias) 56:51 (+ 11:26)

Complete results and further information at http://ceo2017.es/.

[Photo: Ampa Gil-Brotons]

Joaquim Margarido

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