Junior World Orienteering Championships: Repeat Sprint gold for Tim Robertson

Posted on | July 5, 2015 | Category: News

Tim Robertson, New Zealand took gold in the JWOC Sprint for the second time today, but it was a close-run thing – he won by just 3 seconds. Women’s gold medallist is 17-year-old Simona Aebersold, Switzerland.

The opening race of the Championships was held on a very hot day in the town of Åmot in Norway. Simona Aebersold won by 10 seconds over Heidi Mårtensson, who was fastest over several legs but was behind as a result of a couple of mistakes early in the course. This was her second silver medal in Sprint in successive years. Bronze medallist was the Finnish athlete Karoliina Ukskoski, a further 24 seconds down. Finland packed three athletes into the top six and Norway two.

Tim Robertson won last year’s Sprint in Bulgaria and was bronze medallist in 2013. He triumphed this year courtesy of a mistake by silver medallist Aleksi Niemi, Finland (fourth last year), who at a critical point on the course ran the wrong way round a house, losing more than the 3-second difference in the final times. Third was the Lithuanian Algirdas Bartkevicius. Finland and Switzerland both had two athletes in the top six.

Full results are on the JWOC website www.jwoc2015.org. Tomorrow is the Middle Distance Qualification at Krossen, Rauland.

Leading results

Women (2.45 km, 135 starters)

  1. Simona Aebersold SUI 13:56
  2. Heidi Mårtensson NOR 14:06
  3. Karoliina Ukskoski FIN 14:30
  4. Sigrid Alexandersen NOR 14:38
  5. Anna Haataja FIN 14:43
  6. Emmi Jokela FIN 15:01

Men (2.91 km, 154 starters)

  1. Tim Robertson NZL 14:31
  2. Aleksi Niemi FIN 14:34
  3. Algirdas Bartkevicius LTU 14:57

4= Thomas Curiger SUI & Tobia Pezzati SUI 15:04

  1. Topi Raitanen FIN 15:06

 

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