The World Games: Galina overcame the challenge

Posted on | July 19, 2009 | Category: News


Galina Vinogradova started the last leg in front and didn’t really look behind. She secured Russia’s first-ever relay victory at The World Games.
Photo: Erik Borg

-I looked back a couple of times, but when I passed the arena about half way round the course I realised that I could win, says Galina. The 30-year-old Russian won her first international gold medal with this relay victory, running with Yulia Novikova, Dmitriy Tsvetkov and Andrey Khramov.

-The orienteering was quite easy on the relay and I also felt good in my running, says Galina.

-Wasn’t it too warm, with the temperature above 30?

-I am used to that. In Siberia where I am from it can be as high as 40 degrees during summer, but of course the humidity is a big difference, she says.

Team work

The Russians were among the front group all the way. Dmitriy was the first at the first change-over. Yulia Novikova made some mistakes and handed over a bit more than one minute after Kajsa Nilsson from Sweden after the second leg. Then Andrey Khramov again showed his great strength on the third leg. He got back in the lead, just ahead of Peter Öberg in the Swedish team.

On the last leg Galina ran really carefully and well. Sweden’s Linnea Gustafsson, who was running the last leg in a big international race for the first time, started just 11 seconds after the Russian, but made mistakes and Sweden ended in eighth place.

Some of the last leg runners were a bit faster than Galina, but it was a really comfortable victory with a margin of one and half minutes to Finland in second place. Elise Egseth was fastest of all on the last leg and secured the bronze for Norway, just ahead of Australia with Hanny Allston.

With victory in the relay at Chengcing Lake, the Russian Andrey Khramov ended up with two gold medals at the most important event for him this season, and he is now getting used to winning gold medals in relays. He already has two golds from World Championship relays.

-In some way it feels bigger when we are both women and men in the team, says Andrey.


Pasi Ikonen, Bodil Holmström, Tero Föhr and Minna Kauppi took silver.
Photo: Erik Borg


Lars Skjeset, Mari M Fasting, Øystein Kvaal Østerbø and Elise Egseth
won bronze for Norway.
Photo: Erik Borg

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