IOF Ski Orienteering World Cup: Sprint Relay won by Sweden

Posted on | November 28, 2015 | Category: News

Sweden’s first team of Ulrik Nordberg and Tove Alexandersson scored a convincing victory by 1.05 over Finland in today’s Sprint Relay, in which each team member skis three legs. Russia 2 took third place.

Sprint Relay winners 28-11-15

Sprint Relay podium                                                  Photo: Marko Vapaa

On another good day for skiing but with some mist and dark cloud, Erik Rost brought SWE 2 to the changeover in the lead after the first leg, with SWE 1 in fourth place. Sally Koskela had a fine race to bring FIN 1 into the lead by 8 seconds after leg 2. It was then, taking over 15 seconds down on the lead, that Ulrik Nordberg stepped up a gear on his second outing and came to the changeover just 1 second down.

Sprint Relay mass start 28-11-15

Sprint Relay mass start                                                Photo: Marko Vapaa

Tove Alexandersson also put her foot harder on the pedal from that point on and led by 39 seconds after leg 4. Thereafter it was plain sailing for the Swedish team. Finland kept the strong Russian teams at bay, however, and at the end of a close race between Russia 1 and Russia 2, it was the second team that finished ahead by 9 seconds, Mariya Kechkina pulling up one place on the final leg.

This first round of the World Cup continues tomorrow with a Middle Distance race. IOF LiveCenter is showing some fine pictures with informative commentary – log on and follow all the action direct!

Sprint Relay – leading results

  1. Sweden 1 (Ulrik Nordberg & Tove Alexandersson) 42:08
  2. Finland 1 (Ville-Petteri Saarela & Sally Koskela) 43:13
  3. Russia 2 (Vladimir Barchukov & Mariya Kechkina) 43:45

 

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