“I’m not so happy with gold”

Posted on | February 28, 2007 | Category: News

Tatiana Vlasova won her second gold in 24 hours, but she isn’t entirely happy with the second gold. She wasn’t the first to finish.

– Liisa (Anttila) was faster than me. I wasn’t the first to finish the race and I’m not so happy with this gold, says Tatiana Vlasova.

Liisa, from Finland, finished a good distance ahead of the second placed runner in the women’s class on the long distance that had mass start. It looked like she had taken her second individual gold in her career. Her first gold in ski orienteering was in 1998 in Austria when she won the long distance but the day did not end happily for the 32 year old athlete. She was missing proof of being at one of the controls. She was sure she had been there but neither her stick nor the control unit showed that she had been at the control.

Vlasova saw her just after that control and stated that she had seen Liisa. There was a meeting of the jury but Liisa didn’t receive her fourth gold today. After the individual gold in 1998 she has won a relay gold in orienteering in 2001 and another gold in relay in 2004.

Winner Vlasova performed just as she did on the sprint – no mistakes.

Hannele Valkonen and Marte Reenaas had a hard battle for what looked like the bronze with the Finn the winner. In the end both were awarded a medal.

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Tatiana Vlasova (in the middle) won the long distance in front of Hannele Valkonen (left), Finland, and Marte Reenaas, Norway.

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Antoniya Grigorova took a good sixth place. The best result for a Bulgarian in some years. She was very happy afterwards.

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Liisa Anttila finished in gold position but was missing proof from one control.

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