“Oh yes, I did look behind me”

Posted on | February 17, 2013 | Category: Arena

On the last part of the last leg in the women’s class, the Russian Tatyana Kozlova was hard-hunted by last winter’s overall winner of the World Cup. When they passed the arena before the last part of the course there was just six seconds difference between Kozlova and Josefine Engström on the Swedish team.

“I tried my best to get in real contact with Tatyana, but she skied very fast”, says Engström.

“I pushed hard and also looked behind”, Kozlova says. The Russian wasn’t caught up and got her third gold during the week; from Thursday on she has achieved first place in every race. Now she is looking forward to WSOC in Kazakhstan; she is still missing an individual WSOC gold.

Anastasia Kravchenko and Polina Malchikova did well on the first two legs. Russia led at every change-over.

The fastest of all in the relay was Sweden’s Tove Alexandersson, who has got in better and better shape during the games. The leader in the foot orienteering World Cup standings is now heading for Kazakhstan. “If I do very well there I hope to be in the fight for gold”, she says. 

So with the relay the great days of action in Madona are over. The Latvian Orienteering Federation can be proud of their achievements.

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