Junior World Ski Orienteering Championships: Sweden takes double gold

Posted on | February 16, 2007 | Category: News

Swedish teams took the gold medals in both men’s and women’s classes in the JWOC relay.

The men had the narrower victory; they led throughout, but at the finish their final leg runner, Johan Edin, was only 15 seconds ahead of his Norwegian rival Øyvind Watterdal. Finland moved steadily up the field – 8th after the first leg, 4th after the second, and bronze medallists at the finish after a sprint along the run-in with Russia’s second team, a margin of 2 seconds separating them at the end.

Sweden’s women were in the lead by the end of the second leg, after coming through the change-over in 5th place after the first leg. Eva Svensson, already holding one gold medal from these championships, held on to a comfortable lead, finishing 2 minutes 32 seconds in front of the Czech Republic, whose last-leg runner, sprint gold medallist Hana Hanciková, improved from 4th position to 2nd. Finland took the bronze medals, coming through the finish in 3rd place after each leg.

The relay took place at the same venue as for the first two days, after the originally planned venue was deemed too dangerous because of the possibility of avalanches.

In the re-run middle distance W17 class, the winner was Zuzana Kubatova, Czech Republic. For the full results from all the races, click here.

The final race in the revised programme is the long distance, again based on Sportgastein.

Leading results:

Women’s relay

1. Sweden1 1.19.23

2. Czech Republic1 1.21.55

3. Finland1 1.22.36

4. Norway 1.23.34

5. Russia1 1.26.28

6. Sweden2 1.27.09

Men’s relay

1. Sweden1 1.09.13

2. Norway 1.09.28

3. Finland1 1.11.38

4. Russia2 1.11.40

5. Russia1 1.12.38

6. Czech Republic1 1.12.45

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The winning Swedish team: Daniel Nordebo (left), Thomas Carlsson and Johan Edin.

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The Norwegians Hans Jorgen Kvåle (left), Oyvind Watterdal and Ove Saetra took silver, only 15 seconds behind the Swedish team.

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Vili Virtanen, Simo Turunen and Olli-Markus Taivainen managed to secure bronze for Finland after a thrilling fight with Russia's second team.

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Sweden took gold also in the women's class. Helene Söderlund, Stina Häggström and Eva Svensson finished 2 minutes 32 seconds in front of…

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…the Czech silver medallists Hana Hancikova, Michaela Maresova and Lenka Mechlova.

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The Finnish bronze medallists Tiia Tallila, Anni Honkimaa and Katja Vanhalakka.

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