Junior World Ski Orienteering Championships: Sweden and Russia take First Golds

Posted on | January 25, 2005 | Category: News

Erik Rost, Sweden and Tatiana Kozlova, Russia were the first gold medal winners in the 2005 Junior World Ski Orienteering Championships being held in S-chanf, in the Engadin valley, Switzerland this week.

Rost’s win was by just 3 seconds ahead of the Russian Stanislav Cheha, with another Swede, Gustav Hall, taking the bronze medal a further 14 seconds behind. Kozlova enjoyed a more convincing victory, finishing 29 seconds faster than her compatriot Anastasia Kravchenko. A third Russian, Alena Trapeznikova, took the bronze medal, another 11 seconds down. There was then a gap of more than one minute – unusual in a sprint race – to the fourth-placed finisher, Emma Olofsson of Sweden. Full results can be seen on the event website, best accessed directly from the home page of the IOF website, www.orienteering.org.

This was the first-ever sprint race in the Junior World Championships, a good start to an intensive week of competition.

Leading Results

Men: 2.9k, 50m climb, 13 controls
1. Erik Rost SWE 13.57
2. Stanislav Cheha RUS 14.00
3. Gustav Hall SWE 14.14
4. Alexey Kojemyakin RUS 14.18
5. Jouko Liuha FIN 14.32
6. Pär Häggström SWE 14.41
Women: 2.8k, 45m climb, 11 controls
1. Tatiana Kozlova RUS 14.55
2. Anastasia Kravchenko RUS 15.24
3. Alena Trapeznikova RUS 15.35
4. Emma Olofsson SWE 16.38
5. Kari Rommen Syvertsen NOR 16.40
6. Anna Holmgren SWE 16.55

The elite sprint races over the same courses were won by Matti Keskinarkaus, FIN and Erja Jokinen, FIN.

The Russian winner Tatiana Kozlova out in the forest

Theres Kläsi from Switzerland was a bit out of the just here. With a big snowfall a couple of days before the start of teh championships in S-chanf it was suddenly a lot of snow and very beautiful winter.

Winners Women Sprint: Russia took a triple with Anastasia Kravchenko (left), Tatiana Kozlova and Alena Trapeznikova.

Winners Men Sprint: Stanislav Cheha (left), Russia, Erik Rost, Sweden, and Gustav Hall, also Sweden.

Photos: Erik Borg
Story: Clive Allen

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