Leonid Novikov surprised everybody – including himself – by winning the World Champions middle distance in Vuokatti, Finland today. Thierry Gueorgiou finished second after a one-minute mistake at control which he never managed to fully catch up. Sweden’s Gustav Bergman became third.
Below you see the mistake of Gueorigou at the second control – around one minute lost. You also see how Gueorgiou looses the flow on the following controls – letting the legs control instead of the technique.
Mistakes for Novikov
The illustration below compares Novikov and Gueorgiou on the last loop (Novikov’s GPS did not work between control 8 and 11). When Novikov caught Hubmann at control 10 (after a 50 second mistake by Hubmann), Novikov was in the lead with 9 seconds. To control 11 Novikov increased the lead to around 30 seconds – but from there on his orienteering was more unstable – maybe due to pushing the pace together with Hubmann (the two were mostly together on the last loop – except for the first part of 14-15). Novikov lost time to Gueorgiou both to 14 (route choice) and 16 (small mistake) – but in the end it was enough with 6 small seconds.
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