World TrailO Championships Relay: small nations win gold medals

Posted on | July 17, 2017 | Category: Arena, News

Slovenia took the Open gold and Ukraine the Paralympic gold in the Relay, held on a golf course in south-eastern Lithuania in warm and sunny conditions.

For Slovenia in particular this was a major triumph, because only Kreso Kerestes in their three-person team has significant past success at international level. Norway were a close second and Czech Republic third, just ahead of neighbour nation Slovakia. Twenty nations had teams entered in the Open class.

Kreso Kerestes, Slovenia        Photo: Donatas Lazauskas

In the Paralympic class of 11 teams, Ukraine enjoyed a comfortable victory over the Czech Republic, with Norway in third place.

Full results can be seen in IOF Eventor and on the event website www.wtoc2017.lt.

Leading results, Relay

Paralympic class

  1. UKR (Iryna Kulykova, Yehor Sukov, Vladyslav Vovk) 10:54.5
  2. CZE (Miroslav Špidlen, Pavel Dudik, Jana Kostvá) + 2:36.5
  3. NOR (Svein Jakobsen, Eigil Sønsterudbråten, Arne Ask) + 2:39
  4. Sweden, 5. Finland, 6. Latvia.

Open class

  1. SLO (Emil Kacin, Mateja Kerestes, Kreso Kerestes) 5:34
  2. NOR (Geir Myhr Øien, Sigurd Dæhli, Lars Jakob Waaler) + 0:42
  3. CZE (Miroslav Slovak, Libor Forst, Pavel Kurfürst) + 1:15
  4. Slovakia, 5. Finland, 6. Italy.
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