Junior World Ski Orienteering Championships: Tarus has fulfilled his dream

Posted on | February 15, 2007 | Category: News

Tarus Kashchuk doesn’t have to dream about an individual gold any longer. The 18-year-old junior from Moscow completed an incredible middle distance race.

“I made no mistakes, and had optimal speed”, smiles Tarus. Last year he won two silver medals, behind his outstanding team-mate Andrey Lamov. In the relay Tarus was a member of the winning team.

In Austria he started this year’s championships with a sprint silver medal, just seven seconds behind the Finn Olli-Markus Taivainen. He had speeded up a bit from the sprint. “On the sprint you really have to read the map carefully. On the middle I could go a bit faster.” In the finish he was 90 seconds faster than the Norwegian Ove Sætra.

The Russian has been ski orienteering for seven years now, and thinks his good results are because of good training. He trains at least once a day. On the last day of the championships he will be 18 years old and it could be yet another medal, even though the Russian says – of course with a big smile – that his dream now is not about winning gold. “Now my dream is to use a snowboard in the mountains in Sportgastein where the championships are being held…”

Tarus comes from just outside Moscow. He lives in Lytkarino, a town with about 50,000 inhabitants 30 kilometres south-west of the Russian capital.

There was a Russian winner in the men’s class in the European Youth Championships too. Mikhail Utkin was the winner, Yury Yazykov from Belarus took silver and Yuri Kazakov took bronze. The women’s class in the European Youth Championships was voided due to a missing control out on the course, but a new race is being arranged.

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The three best in the men’s class (from left to right): Ove Saetra (NOR), Tarus Kashchuk (RUS) and Thomas Carlsson (SWE).

Eva successful again

Eva Svensson won her third gold, and her eighth medal from a junior world championship, in the middle distance.

In S-chanf in Switzerland two years ago she won both the long and the middle distance races. Now she has got her second gold on the middle distance. “This gold is on the same level as the earlier gold”, she says.

Just as in the men’s class, it was a very clear victory. 94 seconds was the gap down to the Russian Olga Trifanova in second place. “I only made some small mistakes and I think my skills as a cross-country skier were good to have here”, she says. The Swede is amongst the best juniors in Sweden in cross-country skiing. She took part in the Junior World Championship in that sport last year, and is also in the team for that championship this year.

She has won six of her eight medals in ski orienteering championships; the other two she won at the foot orientering championships for juniors in Lithuania last summer.

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Olga Trifanova (RUS) came second, 94 seconds behind the winner Eva Svensson (SWE).

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