Vlasova’s sixth gold

Posted on | February 26, 2007 | Category: News

Tatiana Vlasova was careful with her orienteering and won the tight drama in the women’s class. There was only seven seconds between the first five.

– I am glad I could do it, smiles Vlasova.

The 29 year old Russian took her sixth gold at a World Championship in ski orienteering. She really is one of the big names. She ran a very safe race on the sprint.

– On the last part I took it a bit slower. I didn’t really want to make mistakes, she says.

-Was it a perfect race?

– I am not sure that I made the best route choice on one leg, she says.

– How will you celebrate the gold?

– With a glass of wine but there will be no big celebration. There are more competitions this week, she smiles.

The long distance is only a day away on Tuesday

– Is the goal four golds this week?

– No, I will of course try my best, but my goal is to finish each race as good as possible, she says.

The Russian’s nine year old daughter, Anna, was not present on the golden day just outside Moscow.

– Anna is at home with my mother and is going to school, says Tatiana. Home is in Zlatov in the Ural Mountains, about 2000 kilometres from Moscow.

Just as in the men’s class it was Russia dominant amongst the women. There were, in fact, three Russians on the podium, but also one Finn since Liisa Anttila and Tatiana Kozlova shared third place. The silver went to Olga Novikova. Just three seconds split the medallists. The gap between gold and silver was only one second, with further two seconds to bronze.

Both Novikova and Kozlova are former stars from Junior Championships. Kozlova was the queen of the championship last year in ski orienteering and also took gold on the relay at the JWOC in orienteering in Lithuania last summer.

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Tatiana Vlasova with the gold medal.

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