European Ski Orienteering Championships: Russia’s second teams take the gold medals

Posted on | February 6, 2011 | Category: News

Photo: Erik Borg

Russia’s second teams were victorious in both women’s and men’s relays, the final races in the championships. Not that the team members were unknown names; Russia has strength in depth and this was more than amply proved today.

In the women’s race, Russia 1 was in front after both the first two legs, but Tatiana Vlasova had an off-day and was 5th in at the finish. Russia 2 was in close second position until the final leg when Alena Trapeznikova came through in style to take victory by almost a minute over Sweden. Norway took the bronze.

In the men’ relay, Russia 2 came through 4th at the end of the first leg, but Kiril Veselov took the team into the lead on second leg and the vastly experienced Eduard Khrennikov on last leg made sure of adding to his already large gold medal tally. Finland took the silver medals, coming in almost 29 seconds behind the Russian team. Sweden was less than 6 seconds behind Finland at the finish line to take the bronze.

In the Junior World Championships relays, Norway took the women’s title, leading the race throughout but in a sprint finish from Finland at the end, and – not a surprise after their individual successes – Sweden took the men’s. In fact Sweden 2 was the second team to finish, ahead of Finland and Norway’s first teams, but second teams are not counted in the official results.

Leading results

European Championships Women

1)      Russia (Anastasia Kravchenko, Mariya Kechkina, Alena Trapeznikova) 1:27:19,1 (2,2,1)
2)      Sweden (Kajsa Richardsson, Josefine Engström, Helene Söderlund) 1:28:16,3 (5,3,2)
3)      Norway (Marianne Mellbye Larsen, Stine Olsen Kirkevik, Marte Reenaas) 1:30:06,6 (9,6,3)
4)      Finland (7,4,4)

European Championships Men

1)      Russia (Vladimir Barchukov, Kirill Veselov, Eduard Khrennikov) 1:35:01,6 (4,1,1)
2)      Finland (Janne Häkkinen, Olli-Markus Taivainen, Staffan Tunis) 1:35:30,3 (2,2,2)
3)      Sweden (Johan Granath, Peter Arnesson, Erik Rost) 1:35:36,1 (1,3,3)
4)      Norway (10,5,4)

Junior World Championhips Women

1)      Norway 1:01:03,2 (1,1,1)
2)      Finland 1:01:04,1 (4,2,2)
3)      Sweden 1:02:33,0 (2,5,3)

Junior World Championhips Men

1)      Sweden 1:10:57,5 (4,1,1)
2)      Finland 1:13:18,9 (1,2,3)
3)      Norway 1:15:49,3 (6,4,4)

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