EOC Long Distance: wins for Tove Alexandersson and Daniel Hubmann

Posted on | May 24, 2016 | Category: Arena, News

Magne Dæhli NOR, Daniel Hubmann SUI, Martin Regborn SWE      Photos: Erik Borg

The two big favourites for victory today turned out also to be the clear winners, Alexandersson by 41 seconds and Hubmann by 1.22. This was Tove Alexandersson’s first international championships gold medal; for Daniel Hubmann it was the fourth in a European Championships and third at Long Distance – the others were in 2010 and 2014.

The women had a classic Long Distance course of 10.3 km with 410 metres of climb in hilly continental-style terrain; one leg was well over 1 km in length, and there were some very interesting alternative route possibilities. Tove Alexandersson was fastest at all the radio controls although it was not a wholly error-free run for her. Second place was fought out between the Norwegian Anne Margrethe Hausken Nordberg and the Russian Svetlana Mironova. It was Nordberg who gradually got the upper hand and her finish time was almost 2 minutes faster than that of Mironova. Another Russian, Natalia Vinogradova, was fourth.

EOC long women podium 24-5-16

Anne Margrethe Hausken Nordberg, Tove Alexandersson, Svetlana Mironova 

Daniel Hubmann was third fastest to the first radio control on the men’s course of 16.1 km with 650 metres climb, his compatriot Matthias Kyburz being quickest at that point. But then Hubmann got fully into his stride and it was clear he was determinedly going for gold. And so it proved, with his lead getting ever longer. Again there were some decisive route-choice legs on the course, some of them very long.  Magne Dæhli, Norway, who like Hubmann was a heat winner yesterday, took the silver medal, and bronze went to Martin Regborn, Sweden, who is having a very successful championships so far – he was fourth in the Sprint. It was a close thing, however: Norway’s Carl Godager Kaas was just 2 seconds slower.

Tomorrow is a rest day, and competition resumes on Thursday with the Middle Distance qualification heats.

Leading results

Women

  1. Tove Alexandersson SWE 1:14:20
  2. Anne Margrethe Hausken Nordberg NOR 1:15:01
  3. Svetlana Mironova RUS 1:16:53
  4. Natalia Vinogradova RUS 1:17:17
  5. Sabine Hauswirth SUI 1:18:24
  6. Hollie Orr GBR 1:18:50

Men

  1. Daniel Hubmann SUI 1:36:25
  2. Magne Dæhli NOR 1:37:47
  3. Martin Regborn SWE 1:38:33
  4. Carl Godager Kaas NOR 1:38:35
  5. Baptiste Rollier SUI 1:39:23
  6. Fredrik Bakkman SWE 1:39:32
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