World Orienteering Championships: Denmark and Switzerland take Relay gold medals

Posted on | August 5, 2015 | Category: News

Denmark’s women and Switzerland’s men triumphed in the Relay held today at Darnaway Castle, north-east Scotland. Both wins were by convincing margins, with tighter finishes for the silver and bronze medal positions.

In the women’s relay, Maja Alm took Denmark into a good lead on the first leg with Russia and Switzerland holding the next places. Ida Bobach on leg 2 increased Denmark’s lead, and Annika Billstam brought Sweden up from fifth to third place, Russia holding on to second place. Emma Klingenberg had a run all on her own through the runnable open forest to bring denamrk in with a winning margin of more than 3 minutes – and this after a leisurely jog by the whole team down the run-in!

DEN women 5-8-15

Photo: Erik Borg

Behind Anne Margrethe Hausken Nordberg was having a strong run, just as in the Sprint Relay, to bring Norway from fourth into the silver medal position. She was with Tatiana Riabkina (Russia), Emma Johansson (Sweden), Minna Kauppi (Finland) and Sara Luescher (Switzerland) and at the end it was Johansson who followed Nordberg into the finish to give Sweden the bronze medals. The Russian team was disqualified for a punching error.

As with Denmark in the women’s, Switzerland led the men’s race throughout, at the head of a large group at the end of the first leg in which the Belarus runner Andrey Salin was the most prominent, only 1 second behind Fabian Hertner at the changeover. On the second leg it was the Great Britain runner Graham Gristwood who starred, bringing the British team from eighth to second place with France third. Matthias Kyburz took over from Daniel Hubmann with a big lead and duly brought his team home to a clear victory, but Magne Dæhli (Norway) set off fourth with great determination and overhauled both France and Great Britain to bring silver for Norway for the second time in the day. France ended in bronze medal position.

SUI men 5-8-15

Photo: Erik Borg

The race was held on a cloudy day with one heavy shower, with the arena having the superb back-drop of Darnaway Castle. The forest area used for the Relay was much faster than that used for the Middle, and routes were mostly quite direct from control to control through gently undulating forest which was quite detailed contour-wise in places.

Thursday is a rest day, and the Championships conclude with the Long Distance at Glen Affric on Friday.

Leading results

Women

  1. Denmark (Maja Alm, Ida Bobach, Emma Klingenberg) 1.49.06
  2. Norway (Heidi Bagstevold, Mari Fasting, Anne Margrethe Hausken Nordberg) 1.52.28
  3. Sweden (Helena Jansson, Annika Billstam, Emma Johansson) 1.52.17
  4. Finland 1.52.41
  5. Switzerland 1.54.14
  6. Czech Republic 1.57.49

Men

  1. Switzerland (Fabian Hertner, Daniel Hubmann, Matthias Kyburz) 1.41.40
  2. Norway (Øystein Kvaal Østebø, Carl Godager Kaas, Magne Dæhli) 1.43.30
  3. France (Vincent Coupat, Lucas Basset, Frederic Tranchard) 1. 43.52
  4. Great Britain 1.44.29
  5. Czech Republic 1.45.25
  6. Estonia 1.45.39
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