Reenaas and Khrennikov still on top

Posted on | February 23, 2012 | Category: News

Eduard Khrennikov is back on top!
Photo: Hanna Vehviläinen

Hard middle distance races in quite hilly terrain were won today by Marte Reenaas, Norway, successfully defending her European Champion title, and the 13-fold World Champion veteran Russian Eduard Khrennikov.

33-year-old Reenaas, now employed full-time so with relatively limited time for training, had prepared herself well for this, the peak of her season. After a poor sprint race she got into a good ‘flow’ today and had a near-perfect race. This was her third European Championships gold – she also won the long distance 2 years ago. Silver medallist today was Josefine Engström, Sweden, following up her first international gold medal yesterday with another good race, and the bronze went to another Swede, Kajsa Richardsson.

Josefine Engström (SWE), Marte Reenaas (NOR) and Kajsa Richardsson (SWE) were the three fastest on women’s middle distance. Photo: Hanna Vehviläinen

Eduard Khrennikov showed that he is still close to his best with another gold medal for his already over-flowing medal cabinet. Closest to him in time today and therefore silver medallist was Olli-Markus Taivainen, Finland, and Hans Jørgen Kvåle, Norway, another very promising young ski orienteer took the bronze in his first international race in the senior ranks.

The three best middle distance skiers inthe men’s class: Olli-Markus Taivainen (FIN), Eduard Khrennikov (RUS) and Hans Jørgen Kvåle (NOR).  Photo: Hanna Vehviläinen

Sweden’s Tove Alexandersson and Andreas Holmberg both won their second gold medals in the Junior World Championships taking place at the same venue. Holmberg’s win, by 25 seconds the fastest on the course, was particularly impressive.

The Relay (men’s and women’s teams, three per team) takes place tomorrow, Saturday, and the final race of the Championships is the Long distance on Sunday.

Leading results

European Championships, women

  1. Marte Reenaas NOR 41:47
  2. Josefine Engström SWE 42:10
  3. Kajsa Richardsson SWE 44:47
  4. Antoniya Grigorova-Burgova BUL 44:58
  5. Polina Malchikova RUS 45:02
  6. Helena Randakova CZE 45:07

European Championships, men

  1. Eduard Khrennikov RUS 43:14
  2. Olli-Markus Taivainen FIN 43:32
  3. Hans Jørgen Kvale NOR 43:36
  4. Peter Arnesson SWE 43:37
  5. Staffan Tunis FIN 43:38
  6. Andrey Grigoryev RUS 43:40

Junior World Championships, women

  1. Tove Alexandersson SWE 31:18
  2. Anna Nahri FIN 32:40
  3. Marjut Turunen FIN 32:46

Junior World Championships, men

  1. Andreas Holmberg SWE 35:44
  2. Aleksey Popov RUS 37:11
  3. Misa Tuomala FIN 37:14
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