European Championships: two double gold medallists

Posted on | May 27, 2016 | Category: Arena, News

Tove Alexandersson on her way to victory    Photos: Erik Borg

Tove Alexandersson, Sweden and Matthias Kyburz, Switzerland both won their second individual gold medal of the Championships in the Middle Distance Final at Černá Voda, Czech Republic today. Alexandersson put on an impressive display of high-speed orienteering, winning by 2.13 and the fastest throughout. Kyburz also enjoyed a comfortable victory – by 34 seconds.

Early leader in the women’s race was Maja Alm, Denmark who set a marker time of 35.37. In the end there were four others who were faster: silver medallist Judith Wyder, Switzerland, bronze medallist Marika Teini, Finland who was 12 seconds slower than Wyder, and Emily Kemp, Canada. This was Marika Teini’s first international medal; she was second in the World Cup Sprint in Poland earlier in the month so she has clearly moved up a level this year.

Of the later starters (leaders in the qualification races yesterday), only Judith Wyder finished in a high position.

Women Middle medallists 27-5-16

Judith Wyder, Tove Alexandersson, Marika Teini

For a long time it seemed that the finish time of Gustav Bergman, Sweden, was not going to be beaten, but last starter Matthias Kyburz had other ideas, and after a very good second half of the course he stormed to the finish to contribute again to a very good week for the Swiss. Bergman remained the fastest on the first part of the course. Lucas Basset, France took the bronze medal with a time 51 seconds slower than Kyburz’s. There were 5 Swiss athletes in the top 11 in the results list.

Men's Middle podium 27-5-16

Gustav Bergman, Matthias Kyburz, Lucas Basset

The Championships finish tomorrow with the forest Relay at the same venue, starting at 1000 CET.

Leading results

Women

  1. Tove Alexandersson SWE 32:37
  2. Judith Wyder SUI 34:50
  3. Marika Teini FIN 35:02
  4. Emily Kemp CAN 35:21
  5. Maja Alm DEN 35:27
  6. Saila Kinni FIN 35:35

Men

  1. Matthias Kyburz SUI 31:56
  2. Gustav Bergman SWE 32:30
  3. Lucas Basset FRA 32:47
  4. Oskar Sjöberg SWE 32:58
  5. Florian Howald SUI 33:01
  6. Valentin Novikov RUS & Jan Šedivý CZE 33:43
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