Engström and Tunis take Sprint golds

Posted on | February 22, 2012 | Category: News

Staffan Tunis, Finland, on his way to victory in the European Championships sprint.
Photo: Hanna Vehviläinen

Josefine Engström, Sweden and Staffan Tunis, Finland were today’s clear winners in the European Ski Orienteering Championships Sprint races. Engström had an eight-second lead overall and Tunis won his race by five seconds on this second competition day of the Championships at Sumy, Ukraine.

Josefine Engström was well geared up for today’s race in the absence of Tove Alexandersson, who was competing instead in the Junior World Championships race in the same competition area. But she had strong opposition, not least from the Russian team which finished with an impressive 5 placements in the top 7. Josefine enjoyed an excellent race, however, taking the gold medal ahead of Russia’s Polina Malchikova. Sonja Mörsky, Finland, had a fine race to take the bronze medal.

Polina Malchikova, Russia, Josefine Engström, Sweden, and Sonja Mörsky, Finland, on the podium.
Photo: Hanna Vehviläinen

The very experienced Staffan Tunis was most closely challenged by the up-and-coming Bulgarian Stanimir Belomazhev, who won a bronze medal in yesterday’s mixed sprint relay. The veteran multi-gold medallist Eduard Khrennikov, Russia took the bronze medal today.

Sweden took both gold medals in the Junior World Championships sprint race: Tove Alexandersson won the women’s race from Anna Ulvensen, Norway, both having times of under 10 minutes with a very clear lead over the rest of the field, and Andreas Holmberg won the men’s.

The middle distance championships will be held tomorrow; the event website, accessible by clicking on the ‘round 2’ icon on this home page, carries an on-line webcam and live results service.


Sprint race leading results

European Championships, women

  1. Josefine Engström SWE 13:20
  2. Polina Malchikova RUS 13:28
  3. Sonja Morsky FIN 13:31
  4. Tatyana Kozlova RUS 13:32
  5. Natalya Tomilova RUS 13:36
  6. Yulia Tarasenko RUS 13:41

European Championships, men

  1. Staffan Tunis FIN 12:20
  2. Stanimir Belomazhev BUL 12:23
  3. Eduard Khrennikov RUS 12:27
  4. Andrey Lamov RUS 12:39
  5. Andrey Grigoryev RUS 12:43
  6. Martin Hammarberg SWE 12:47

Junior World Championships, women

  1. Tove Alexandersson SWE 9:54
  2. Anna Ulvensen NOR 10:07
  3. Salla Koskela FIN 10:48

Junior World Championships, men

  1. Andreas Holmberg SWE 11:50
  2. Misa Tuomala FIN 12:14
  3. Linus Rapp SWE 12:15




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