WTOC 2016: Lars Jakob Waaler got the gold in TempO

Posted on | August 23, 2016 | Category: WOC news

Photo & text: Joaquim Margarido

 Lars Jakob Waaler is the new TempO World Champion. In a tight fight, he performed at his best in the thin line that joins time and accuracy, winning the medal he wanted most, the one he has been pursuing for thirteen years.

With the overall time of 243.5 seconds, Lars Jakob Waaler, Norway, reached the World title in the TempO competition, held today in the beautiful surroundings of Strömstad. “Veteran” of the World Trail Orienteering Championships, Waaler did a great race, leaving behind him two of the most brilliant trail orienteers ever, the Swede Marit Wiksell and the Finn Pinja Makinen; the latter was the first TempO World Champion (Vuokatti, 2013). The big surprise came in fourth place, the talented 19-year-old Croatian Iva Lovrec. Remo Madella, Italy, and Kreso Kerestes, Slovenia, closed the podium with the same time. Apart from Lars Jakob Waaler who was fourth in the last WTOC, this is a totally different podium from what we saw in Croatia and even from the recent European Championships, in Jesenik, Czech Republic.

This time the Finn Antti Rusanen wasn’t accurate enough to secure his world title, finishing tenth. The two winners of the qualification heats, both from Norway, couldn’t do any better, Sondre Ruud Bråten being thirteenth and Martin Jullum finishing in 24th position. Also the Czech Pavel Kurfürst, European Champion currently, was behind the expectations, finishing in 26th place.

Leading Results

  1. Lars Jakob Waaler NOR 243.5 seconds
  2. Marit Wiksell SWE 256.5
  3. Pinja Makinen FIN 262
  4. Iva Lovrec CRO 280.5

5= Kreso Kerestes SLO & Remo Madella ITA 288

  1. Lauri Makinen FIN 316.5
  2. Antti Rusanen FIN 317.5
  3. Michele Cera ITA 319
  4. Martin Fredholm SWE 321
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