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Andrey Khramov: Presentation

– I’m just a simple man. I have a family: a wife – Nadja, a son Sasha and a cat Masha. This is how Andrey Khramov – one of the best orienteers in the World in this century – presents himself. He is known as the orienteer who gets better the hotter the temperature – and also as one of the fastest orienteers on the track. Below Khramov is presented for the nomination “The Orienteering Achievement of 2008″ through an interview made by World of O and Ultimate Orienteering.

Nominated for: Previously being the man of the tough, long and warm races – this year he proved to be the World’s best sprinter – taking the Gold Medal at the sprint distance at the World Orienteering Champs in Olomouc, Czech Republic.

About: Two of the major sources for international orienteering news on the Internet – World of O and Ultimate Orienteering – are organizing a poll to name “The Orienteering Achievement of 2008″ and “The Ultimate Junior Orienteer of 2008″. The winner in each category is decided in a vote amongst all the readers of World of O and Ultimate Orienteering after all nominees have been presented. Starting November 12th we present all nominees on a day-by-day basis. The poll is sponsored by Trimtex. Voting will be possible after all nominees have been presented from the voting page. See also all nominees in the initial press release.

Interview with Andrey Khramov

Give a short presentation of yourself.
I’m just a simple man. I have a family: a wife – Nadja, a son – Sasha and a cat Masha.

[WoO – Some more Background info about Khramov: Strong russian runner who surprised everybody by winning JWOC in Bulgaria as a 18-year old in 1999. Lives at the foot of the Kaukasus mountains, not far away form the Black sea. Well used to hot and humid conditions and tough climbs. Married to Nadia and one son, Alexander, born 2002. Competes in track and field regularly. Finished his studies in communication (traffic) in 2004 and has since the been a professional sportsman. His gold medal in Japan 2005 was Russias first ever in senior foot-orienteering. Won the relay for Russia in 2006 and 2007. Started the WOC 2008 with a sprint gold. Will he be the first man with a gold in all four diciplins at WOC? ]

What was the highlight of the 2008 season for you?
There were two highlights in this season: gold medal at WOC, in Czech Republic, and a gold relay medal from SIZM 2008.

What are your main goals for the future?
My goal for the future is 1st place in World Games 2009, and top position in Tiomila and Jukola relays.

Where is your favourite place to orienteer – where you would advice our readers to travel?
There is no favorites, I like to run in all continental terrain. And my advice to our readers to have good orienteering in Japan.

Can you describe your toughest training week in 2008 (day-by-day)? Did that have any specific impact for your great achievements in 2008?

  • mon. 8km fast(3:30m/km)
  • tues morn 15km-easy run(4:15m/km) even 15km(3:55min/km)
  • wedn morn 25km. even warm up+some special exercises, 8x100m
  • thur morn fartlek-14km(inside 14×200-300m) even rest run 10km
  • frid morn 3km warm up+2km(t. 6:30)+500m rest run+2km(t. 6:25)+500m, rest run+2km(t. 6:20)+500m rest run+1km(t. 3:05)+500m rest run+1km(t. 3:05) all by forest path
  • sat morn 12km rest run, even 10 km rest run
  • sun 23km

This week, from february training camp, in Caucasus mountains

My goal for the future is 1st place in World Games 2009

Are you a professional orienteer? How many percent is your work/study that you do besides orienteering compared to a full position – and how many hours do you train each year?
Yes, I think that I’m a professional orienteer. I work only between seasons. There is no time to work in season. I don’t now how many hours, I calculate it in kilometers, and it knows only my coach.

In your training: Do you put priority on running in the forest or on the road/track? What is your PB in 3000m/5000m?
It’s about 80/20% road/forest. My PB 3000m- 8:12, 5000m-14:05. And I also ran marathon, then I was about 18-19 years old, and the time was about 2h 31m.

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