World Ski Orienteering Championships: Kravchenko had no idea she was leading

Posted on | March 5, 2009 | Category: News

Russian athletes Andrei Lamov and Anastasia Kravchenko were the fittest on the physically very demanding long distance race in Rusutsu earlier today.

In the women’s race, Anastasia Kravchenko became the surprised gold medallist. She made a flawless race so focused on her own performance, that she did not notice she was in the lead until she was handed the Russian flag on the finish. “I thought I was heading to a 5th or 6th place. I did not even understand at first why my team mates were handing the flag to me”, said the 23-year-old Russian from Habarovsk.

Kravchenko, junior world champion from 2006, made in Japan her first appearance at the World Championships. The silver medal went to Barbora Chudikova from Czech Republic. Her medal is the first ever for Czech Republic in ski orienteering. Sweden’s Helene Söderlund, who was leading most of the race, finished third only 7 seconds behind Chudikova.

Lamov strongest at the end

Andrei Lamov took his second gold in a row after a hard fight with the defending champion, Eduard Khrennikov, in the last kilometres of the race. Khrennikov had a 10 second lead at the last intermediate control, but had to yield to Lamov in the last, excruciatingly long and steep climb before the finish. Khrennikov finished second only 9 seconds after Lamov. The young Finn, Olli-Markus Taivainen, who led the first third of the race, took bronze 45 seconds from the gold.

“I started the race calmly and wanted to control my orienteering. After the second loop, I was still after Khrennikov and Taivainen, but I knew I had spared strength to the last loop”, said Lamov. “Just two kilometres before the finish I saw Eduard in front of me. I was stronger, so I pushed past him in the long, steep climb”, Lamov explained the defining moment in the race.

The World Championships continue on Saturday, March 7th, with the middle distance.

|| Print page ||
  • Search the Website

  • IOF Main Sponsor

    IOF Main Sponsor

    Nokian Tyres

  • IOF Sponsors

    IOF Sponsors

    Siven Sport
    BML Print

  • World Championships

  • Nokian Tyres World Orienteering Championships 2018
    4-11 August 2018

  • World Trail Orienteering Championships 2018
    4-11 August 2018

  • World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships 2018
    5-13 August 2018

  • Other Upcoming Events

  • European Ski Orienteering Championships 2018 and World Cup Round 2
    3-8 February 2018

  • Junior World Ski Orienteering Championships 2018
    3-8 February 2018

  • Ski Orienteering World Cup Round 3
    4-12 March 2018

  • World Masters Ski Orienteering Championships
    4-12 March 2018

  • EOC

    European Orienteering Championships 2018
    5-13 May 2018

  • World Masters MTB Orienteering Championships 2018
    26 June - 1 July 2018

  • World Masters Orienteering Championships
    5 -13 July 2018

  • IOF Partners

  • International Olympic Committee

  • ARISF_logos_05

    Association of IOC Recognised International Sport Federations

  • International World Games Association

  • International Masters Games Association

  • Global Association of International Sports Federations

  • World Anti-Doping Agency

  • International University Sports Federation (FISU)

  • Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM)

  • European University Sports Association

  • International School Sport Federation