Gueorgiou and Niggli winners of the long distance WRE in Portugal

Posted on | February 24, 2014 | Category: Arena

Held last weekend in the municipalities of Satão and Aguiar da Beira, in the central part of Portugal, the third edition of the Mediterranean Championships in Orienteering, and Orienteering World Ranking Event competitions, finished in the best way. In the final stage, a top level Long Distance World Ranking Event (WRE), Simone Niggli and Thierry Gueorgiou won again, repeating the victories in the Middle Distance. Regarding the COMOF Cup, the Spanish team was the big winner, on a day when the Portuguese were virtually off side.

In the Long Distance WRE, Simone Niggli and Thierry Gueorgiou proved to be unbeatable once again in a terrain of high physical demand and, technically, the most challenging that can be found in Portugal. At least that is the opinion of the winner in the Men Super Elite class, who states: “At the beginning, I felt some difficulties in choosing the best routes, but things were improving and I was also feeling physically better. But it’s difficult to understand the terrain, much harder than yesterday. I often come to Portugal and I continue to be surprised with the quality of the terrain. This terrain, today, can be even better than the others I know, a little bit like the terrain in Australia, extremely demanding, and I’m particularly pleased to have been able to run this race today.”

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Thierry Gueorgiou in Portugal. Photo: Joaquim Margarido

Thierry Gueorgiou tells about his upcoming week in Portugal: “It’s an important week for my preparation, a mixture of training and competition. The Portugal O’ Meeting will also be very interesting in challenging terrain. We train hard, of course, but it’s great also to push a little more in the ‘competition mode’. It is important to focus on quality and Portugal offers the ideal conditions to prepare for the season.” 

“If I have my head in the European Championships yet? Not exactly. It’s true that I think about it from time to time but the most important is to concentrate on the day, have good feelings and successfully train and compete. This is the best way to reach the European Championships and the World Championships well prepared.”

 “I will not run the European Championships, that’s for sure!”

In the Women Elite class, Simone Niggli again won this last stage. Being such an extraordinary athlete, showing to be in good shape, how can we imagine Simone Niggli out of the European Championships? “I will not run the European Championships, that’s for sure! I have decided this way and, until now, I don’t regret my option. I will follow the European Championships, I’ll be there as a spectator,  running the spectators races and cheering for the Swiss.”

One last word about the COMOF Cup and the results of this third stage that eventually confirm Spain as the winner. Portugal had only two presences on the podium – third places to Patricia Casalinho and Tiago Romão -, while the Spanish team took to the podium seven of its eight athletes, with three wins and three second places. Spain reached 105 points in all three stages, against 143 points for Portugal and 189 points for Italy, ranked second and third respectively. Serbia took the 4th position with 230 points, while Israel was ranked fifth with 268 points. Turkey closed the standings with a total of 271 points.

Results Long Distance WRE

Men Super Elite

1. Thierry Gueorgiou (Kalevan Rasti) 1:22:06

2. Olav Lundanes (Halden SK) 1:25:03 (+2:57)

3. Douglas Tullie (TuMe) 1:31:58 (+9:52)

4. Jan Prochazka (Kalevan Rasti) 1:32:20 (+10:14)

5. Eskil Kinneberg (IFK Göteborg) 1:33:06 (+11:00)

6. Olli-Markus Taivanen (PelPo) 1:34:04 (+11:58)

7. William Lind (MOKS) 1:34:51 (+12:45)

8. Bjørn Ekeberg (IL Tyrving) 1:35:31 (+13:25)

9. Matthew Speake (Lillomarka OL) 1:35:53 (+13:47)

10. Ionut Alin Zinca (Farra-O) 1:36:38 (+14:32)

 

Women Elite

1. Simone Niggli (OK Tisaren) 1:10:42

2. Mari Fasting (Halden SK) 1:12:24 (+1:42)

3. Irina Nyberg (Individual) 1:16:11 (+5:29)

4. Galina Vinogradova (Individual) 1:17:36 (+6:54)

5. Outi Ojanen (Kangasala SK) 1:18:34 (+7:52)

6. Kine Hallan Steiwer (Halden SK) 1:21:18 (+10:36)

7. Gabija Razaityte (IGTISA) 1:21:50 (+11:08)

8. Maren Janssen Haverstad (NTNUI) 1:22:15 (+11:33)

9. Svetlana Mironova (Individual) 1:22:57 (+12:15)

10. Hanna Raitanen (Rajamäen Rykmentti) 1:23:54 (+13:12)

 

More information here: http://mco2014.ori-estarreja.pt/?lang=en

 

Joaquim Margarido

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