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EOC Long Final: Map and Results


Extraordinary performance by Simone Niggli – and another great win by Olav Lundanes! No matter if middle distance and long distance – Niggli and Lundanes take the gold medals. Niggli had four(!) minutes down to Tatiana Riabkina in second – Lundanes victory margin was one minute down to Matthias Merz. Minna Kauppi and Valentin Novikov took the bronze medals.

The runners were met by a tough course – with many route choice alternatives. The time differences between the different alternatives were not the biggest – the important thing was again to run fast and stick to your plan.

Maps
Men: – I have improved technically since last year

Lundanes (Gold):
– Physically I had a very good winter training, and I also feel that I have improved technically since last year.
– It was a tough race today. In the beginning I felt good and was running fast. I started feeling tired half way through the race, and the last part was just a lot of fighting.
– The relay is a big goal for us on Sunday – but not more than the other races – We want to win them all.

Merz (Silver):
– Obviously this type of terrain is not too bad for us Swiss. For me personally I feel it was mainly my general experience, which brought results today. It took only a few days of training here to feel quite comfortable with the terrain. But the terrain is unusual for us because we do not have this type of terrain at home
– For the relay we always have a big goal for a medal. For obvious reasons (home ground this year)the world champ relay is the main relay event for us this year.
– We have a big team, and the selection will be tough, but I am sure that this fact will help pushing us to great results

Novikov (Bronze):
– I just decided that I should use full speed for this terrain and didn’t think too much about if it would be good enough for the whole race. Then I thought about it, and decided to continue with this high speed ;)
– The podium on the long is very important for me because the last few years I have not been so good in the long races in Champs. So this has given me a lot of confidence and from now on I also believe in myself on long distance


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1 Olav Lundanes Norway 12:24:00 24:20 (1) 54:04 (1) 80:29 (1) 87:43 (1) +00:00
2 Matthias Merz Switzerland 13:24:00 25:32 (5) 55:30 (3) 81:43 (2) 88:48 (2) +01:05
3 Valentin Novikov Russia 11:48:00 24:41 (2) 54:20 (2) 81:43 (2) 89:13 (3) +01:30
4 Anders Nordberg Norway 13:42:00 24:52 (3) 55:32 (4) 82:32 (4) 90:09 (4) +02:26
5 Marc Lauenstein Switzerland 12:48:00 26:09 (15) 57:20 (6) 83:37 (5) 90:52 (5) +03:09
6 Oleksandr Kratov Ukraine 12:27:00 25:20 (4) 57:00 (5) 84:46 (6) 92:41 (6) +04:58
7 Philippe Adamski France 13:06:00 26:24 (24) 57:38 (9) 84:58 (7) 92:57 (7) +05:14
8 Dmitry Tsvetkov Russia 13:39:00 25:36 (6) 58:33 (19) 85:28 (10) 92:59 (8) +05:16
9 Hans Gunnar Omdal Norway 13:00:00 25:39 (8) 57:20 (6) 85:11 (8) 93:21 (9) +05:38
10 Frédéric Tranchand France 12:30:00 26:35 (26) 58:08 (14) 85:54 (11) 93:42 (10) +05:59
Women: – I could not have run many seconds faster

Niggli (Gold):
– Today I had an almost perfect race. It is not so often that I run this well in a championships race. It was physically and technically a very good race. I could not have run many seconds faster!
– Yes, I was more than 4 minutes faster today, but we are all just women that love orienteering. the diffence today was that I am in very good shape and also managed to have full confidence in my orienteering all the way.
– My goal for the week is to run four stable races. I have now two gold medals, and I am very happy.

Riabkina (Silver):
– The race today was better than yesterday. I tried to go fast all the way. I believe that I chose good route choices today. I took the controls in the detailed areas without any mistakes. This felt very good. At the end of the race it was very tough and I was very tired, but I fought all the way.
– I have to say that my favourite distance is middle, but I also looking forward to the relay

Kauppi (Bronze):
– I am really happy for my medal today, actually. Of course you feel slightly disappointed by being this far behind Simone, but still I am really happy to be here [on the podium] today.
– The middle was my main goal for EOC this year, but I am also looking forward to the relay on Sunday. We have a very strong track record in relay and will of course go for the gold

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1 Simone Niggli Switzerland 14:13:00 16:13 (1) 34:03 (1) 56:12 (1) 61:34 (1) +00:00
2 Tatiana Ryabkina Russia 14:10:00 17:33 (2) 36:23 (2) 59:55 (2) 65:34 (2) +04:00
3 Minna Kauppi Finland 14:04:00 17:41 (3) 37:06 (4) 60:55 (3) 66:08 (3) +04:34
4 Tove Alexandersson Sweden 13:55:00 17:50 (4) 36:50 (3) 62:07 (4) 67:21 (4) +05:47
5 Annika Billstam Sweden 13:04:00 18:57 (10) 38:34 (5) 63:23 (5) 69:10 (5) +07:36
6 Tone Wigemyr Norway 14:07:00 18:33 (6) 39:24 (8) 64:40 (6) 70:18 (6) +08:44
7 Mari Fasting Norway 13:46:00 18:58 (11) 39:14 (7) 65:00 (7) 70:41 (7) +09:07
8 Lina Strand Sweden 13:40:00 19:33 (17) 39:44 (9) 65:13 (8) 70:49 (8) +09:15
9 Merja Rantanen Finland 14:16:00 18:39 (7) 39:09 (6) 65:55 (9) 71:47 (9) +10:13
10 Inga Dambe Latvia 13:52:00 20:38 (26) 40:33 (13) 66:15 (10) 72:13 (10) +10:39

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