World Ski Orienteering Championships: Finland and Sweden win relays

Posted on | March 8, 2009 | Category: News

Finland ended Russia’s 11-year dominance of the men’s world championships relay in Rusutsu, Japan today. Russia took silver and Sweden bronze. In the women’s class, Sweden got their first gold medal in these championships when Helene Söderlund finished exactly one minute before Russia’s Tatiana Vlasova. Czech Republic got bronze.

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Photo: Paula Lehtomäki

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Photo: Paula Lehtomäki

Leading results:

Men

1) Finland 1:51:03 (Teemu Köngäs, Matti Keskinarkaus, Staffan Tunis), 2) Russia 1:53:28 (Vladimir Barchukov, Andrey Grigoriev, Andrei Lamov), 3) Sweden 1:56:40 (Daniel Nordebo, Peter Arnesson, Erik Rost), 4) Norway 1:58:02 (Øystein Kvaal Østerbø, Eivind Tonna, Lars Moholdt), 5) Czech Republic 1:58:49 (Jirí Bouchal, Jakub Škoda, Jan Lauerman), 6) Switzerland 2:01:49 (Gion Schnyder, Antoine Vullioud, Christian Spoerry).

Women

1) Sweden 1:32:03 (Marie Ohlsson, Josefine Engström, Helene Söderlund), 2) Russia 1:33:03 (Anastasia Kravchenko, Polina Malchikova, Tatiana Vlasova), 3) Czech Republic 1:34:21 (Helena Randáková, Simona Karochová, Barbora Chudíková), 4) Finland 1:35:43 (Hanna-Maija Mäkelä, Liisa Anttila, Hannele Tonna), 5) Lithuania 1:44:09 (Ramune Arlauskiene, Jolanta Sulciene, Edita Martuseviciute), 6) Bulgaria 1:52:13 (Teodora Malcheva, Stefaniya Belomazheva, Antoniya Grigorova).

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