Today, March 14, there is another race in the program of the European Ski Orienteering Championships and the World Cup final. This time the race is long distance. Yesterday athletes had a day off and the participants of the competitions managed to relax a bit and regain strength before the upcoming difficult race.
All the participants of the competitions, both men and women, went to the distance alternately. As in the middle distance, the representatives of the national group were the first to start, then, in accordance with their positions in the World Cup ranking, the remaining participants of the Championships left the start gates. In total, 47 men and 35 women took part in the race.
The map included 35 control points for men: 14 KPs for the first lap, 13 KPs for the second lap and 8 KPs for the final lap. Thus, orienteers passed through the stadium three times. Women laid out their strength between two laps and 30 KPs. In addition, long distance had a ski change point, which athletes could use at their discretion.
Among women, Alena Trapeznikova of Russia once again demonstrated her superiority. After the first lap she showed not only the clear passage of control points, but also an excellent skiing. Despite the fact that Alena completed the race with the best result, she still did not receive the gold. At the 25th checkpoint, Alena’s both chips did not work and, in accordance with the rules of the competitions, she was disqualified. Thus, Marina Vyatkina of Russia, who finished second, won the gold, Magdalena Olsson from Sweden had a silver medal, and the bronze prize went to one more Russia athlete Tatyana Oborina, who crossed the finish line fourth.
For Marina Vyatkina this Championships were the first one among adults. “There were enough difficulties: both in choosing an option and delivering them. The options I chose were far from the most optimal ones, I understood this right away, but I didn’t return. I had to go around and lost a lot of time. In general, I kept myself in control, tried to stick to the map. The careful choice of options plays a big role here, but if you are not physically ready, this will also affect the result. At such long distances technical training still prevails”, – said Marina.
Men’s race was no less exciting. From the very first meters, the obvious favorites of the race were defined. They were Russians Sergey Gorlanov, Vladislav Kiselev, and Andrey Lamov. Throughout the distance, the contenders for the Championships’ gold kept making mistakes in choosing the routes, thus adding some suspense. A few dozen meters before the finish line Andrei Lamov rushed forward and won the race. With a gap of six seconds, the silver medal went to Sergey Gorlanov, and the bronze prize was won by Vladislav Kiselev, completing the Russian podium.
“The distance was difficult with lots of ravines and a branchy forest. I got very tired by the end of it. It was hard to figure out where to go. I stopped in several places, realizing that I had to spend a little longer to consider the options, otherwise I could lose time, for example, on the uphill. I’m very glad that I laid out me strength well”, – said race winner Andrey Lamov after the finish.
With this, all the individual races of the competition ended, but ahead of us is yet another distance – relay, which will be the final point of the European Ski Orienteering Championships and the World Cup final.