European Ski Orienteering Championships: Reenaas and Rost take middle distance titles

Posted on | February 5, 2011 | Category: News

Marte Reenaas, Norway and Erik Rost, Sweden are the European Champions in middle distance after today’s exciting mass-start races. Expert course planning through fast terrain with many tracks ensured that the pressure of the race was maintained right through to the end, with several very close sprint finishes.

Marte Reenaas took the women’s gold, her first medal of the championships, with an outstanding performance which placed her 22 seconds ahead of silver medallist Polina Malchikova, Russia at the finish. Polina finished just in front of her compatriot Tatyana Kozlova, both being recorded with the same finish time.

Men’s race exciting to the end

Erik Rost had to push hard right to the end to take the men’s title, finishing just 3 seconds ahead of Finland’s Staffan Tunis, who now has 1 gold and 2 silver medals from these championships, clearly the best men’s result overall. The Russian Vladimir Barchukov took the bronze medal, finishing 1:26 behind the winner and just at the head of a large bunch.

The whole race could be followed on a GPS tracking map by spectators on a big screen in the arena and by those at home on the internet, with progress of the leaders clearly visible round the ‘butterflies’ employed in the course planning. Combined with the arena commentary, it made for compelling viewing, whether on-site or on the other side of the world.

Sweden strong in the Junior World Championships

The women’s Junior World Championship race ended with an identical first three as in the sprint yesterday, Tove Alexandersson (SWE) taking her second gold medal with a very convincing victory by 1:11 from Barbro Kvåle (NOR), Marjut Turunen (FIN) finishing third a further 1:09 behind. The men’s race was won by Anton Sjökvist (SWE), who won bronze in the sprint and silver in the long distance – a very successful week for him. Sweden took all the men’s medals, with silver for Adam Karlsson and bronze for Daniel Svensson.

The races in Norway conclude tomorrow with the relays.

Leading European Championships results

Women

1) Marte Reenaas NOR 39:36
2) Polina Malchikova RUS 39:58
3) Tatyana Kozlova RUS 39:58
4) Tatiana Vlasova RUS 40:14
5) Liisa Anttila FIN 40:14
6) Kajsa Richardsson SWE 40:16

Men

1) Erik Rost SWE 48:16
2) Staffan Tunis FIN 48:19
3) Vladimir Barchukov RUS 49:42
4) Andrey Lamov RUS 49:49
5) Johan Granath SWE 49:51
5) Andrey Grigoryev RUS 49:51

Junior World Championships

Women

1) Tove Alexandersson SWE 29:10
2) Barbro Kvåle NOR 30:21
3) Marjut Turunen FIN 31:30

Men

1) Anton Sjökvist SWE 34:05
2) Adam Karlsson SWE 35:30
3) Daniel Svensson SWE 36:04

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