On Saturday the last medal decision took place at the European Ski Orienteering Championship in Obertilliach in Austria. At the Relay Sweden dominated the race in both categorys. The Relay took place in the late morning. 12 men teams and 8 women teams with three athlets in every team competed in the discipline at the European Championships.
In the men’s category it was the swedish relay which took the first place. Markus Lundholm, Erik Nordberg and Erik Rost won the gold medal in front of the russian relay (+0.59). Andrey Grigoriev, Eduard Khrennikov and Andrey Lamov were just about one minute behind the swedish relay. The thrid place went to Norway. The realy with three times gold medalist Lars Moholdt also just were one minute behind Russia. With Moholdt Jorgen Madslien and Oeyvind Watterdal were in the team. Team Austria with Roland Fesselhofer, Stephan Varga and Johann Kugler finished at place nine with more than thirty minutes behind Sweden.
In the women's category it also was the swedish relay which took gold. Evelina Wickbom, Magdalena Olsson and Tove Alexandersson won the relay in front of the russian relay (+01.18) with Kseniya Tretyakova, Polina Frolova and Iuliia Tarasenko. The thrid place went to Norway with Ulvensoen Marta, Anna Ulvensoen and Andrine Benjaminsen. The austrian team with Anna Nilsson Simkovic, Lisa Pacher and Lisa Pirker finished on the eight and last place.
See the complete results: http://www.skio2016.at/files/robert/results/SKIO_2016_Relay_ESOC_Result.html
Moholdt’s dominance at the European Championship continues - Kechkina wins second gold in Obertilliach
On Friday the long distance medal decision took place at the European Ski Orienteering Championship in Obertilliach in Austria. Over the long distance Lars Moholdt again won the race and celebrated his third gold medal. In the women's category Mariya Kechkina won
During perfect weather conditions on Friday the race over the long distance took place in the late morning. 57 men and 42 women competed in the supreme discipline at the European Championships. The men's race started at 11:00, the ladies followed at 11:15.
In the men’s category it was again Lars Moholdt who gave his competitors no chance. The 30-year-old Norwegian won with 2:30 minutes ahead of the Russians Eduard Khrennikov and grabbing himself the third gold medal in Obertilliach. On Monday and Wednesday Moholdt already won the sprint and the middle distance race. Third place went to the Bulgarians Belomazhev Stanimir (+03: 38). Best Austrian was Roland Fesselhofer (+24: 19) on the 27th place, Johan Kugler was ranked on playe 31 (+30: 27). Max Habenicht (37th, +54: 17) and Hannes Pacher (57 39th Place and +01: 34) also finished the race.
In the women's race Russian Mariya Kechkina underlined her role as a favorite and won in front of Alena Trapeznikova (+01:00). Kechkina has reached the sprint third place on Monday, won on the middle distance on Wednesday and now also won the gold medal at the long distance. Third place went to the Swede Tove Alexandersson (+01: 24).
The best Austrian was again Anna Nilsson Simkovic on the 25th place with 22:13 minutes behind the winner. Lisa Pirker reached number 36 (+01:16:22), on Saturday the last race in Obertilliach takes place, the start will be at 13 o'clock.
See the complete results: http://www.skio2016.at/files/robert/results/ESOC_2016_Long_Result.html
On Wednesday the third medal decision took place at the European Ski Orienteering Championship in Obertilliach. In the middle distance over about ten kilometer the favorites prevail.
With sunshine the second day of ski orienteering championship race over the middle distance took place in the early afternoon. 62 men and 46 women competed in the European Championships. The snow conditions on the track were good and hard on that day, over the night degrees below zero in the Lesachtal were responsible for the good conditions for the athlets. The middle distance mass start race of the men started at 13:30, the ladies followed at 14:00.
In the men’s class it was again Lars Moholdt who won the competition. The 30-year-old Norwegian won by 22 seconds ahead of the Russian Andrey Lamov. On the previous Monday Moholdt already won the sprint disciplin. For the long distance he is now favorite for the title again. "Of course I want to win also the long distance, but the others are very strong. It will be damn hard race", Moholdt said after the race. The third place took the Swede Erik Rost (+00: 23). Best Austrian was Johann Kugler (+10: 49) on the 37th place, Roland Fesselhofer lands only one place behind Kugler.
In the women's class the favorite Tove Alexandersson had to surrender the Russian Mariya Kechkina. Kechkina has already reached the third place at the sprint on Monday, on the middle distance she won with 45 seconds ahead of Alexandersson. It was the first gold medal for her at a major event. "I was well prepared for the European Championship. Actually i wanted to win the long distance, but today I made no mistakes", Kechkina said after the victory. Now she is also in the favorite role for gold in the long distance on Friday. Tatyana Oborina (+01: 47) took the bronze medal.
The best Austrian was Anna Nilsson Simkovic 33rd with 11:37 minutes behind the winner. "I can not handle the heigh, while the race I went out of air. My goal was actually to reach the top 25 and to collect World Cup points", said the 22-year-old from Vienna. Lisa Pacher hit number 37, Lisa Pirker and Marlene Habenicht could not finish the race. On Friday the next race will take place in Obertilliach, the prestigious long distance will start after a day off.
Here is the GPS-timelapse video from the Sprint Races from Monday in Obertilliach.